Ricky Tomlinson writes to Labour movement supporters to ask they sign the Downing Street petition on an historic injustice in the construction industry

Dear Supporter,

I am writing to ask you to sign my Downing Street e-petition. The link is:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35394

The deadline for signatures is 27 June 2013 so please sign right away. We need 100,000 signatures.

You know me as an actor and performer today but as a young man I was a plasterer working in the building industry and a member of the T&GWU. We were low paid and had some of the worst working conditions of any workers in Britain in the 1970’s. Like any good trade unionists we decided we would take action to change this. We had a national strike in summer 1972. We picketed sites that were not well organised and where union members needed our support. Five months after the strike ended 24 of us were arrested out of the blue and six of us were sent to prison after lengthy trails at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

I was sent to jail for 2 years for carrying out trade union activities. Today you do not hear of trade unionists in Britain being sent to prison but that’s what happened to me and 5 of my colleagues. Others got suspended prison sentences.

Please sign my e-petition to demand the release of Government documents. We believe that they show that there was government interference and manipulation in bringing the prosecutions. The Coalition Government today continues to refuse to release these documents on grounds of “national security”. There’s a lot more information on the Campaign’s website:

www.shrewsbury24campaign.org.uk

Best wishes

Ricky Tomlinson

2 comments ↓

#1 Sally Riding on 03.16.13 at 1:25 pm

Well done Ricky, another issue that this government is hoping will just disappear due to a lack of coverage has been highlighted and will hopefully be exposed for exactly what it is. Petition signed

#2 sharon finn on 04.08.13 at 10:53 pm

Freedom will only come if we keep up the battle.workers United can never be defeated.

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