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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 June 2014
Orgreave 30-year anniversary - community, solidarity and celebration
Alan Munro, Sheffield Socialist Party reports on Orgreave mass picnic and festival where he was a steward.
Around 1,000 ex-miners, their families and supporters ignored the dark clouds gathering for a day of community, solidarity and celebration at the 30-year anniversary mass picnic and festival on 14 June in a park near the site of the Battle of Orgreave.
Speeches and heart-thumping music celebrated the resistance of working-class people to Thatcher then and Cameron today. The air was full of political debate. One of the official security staff asked me, as a steward, what the Unite union's inflatable rat represented. I replied: "The rat represents the capitalists feeding off the hard work of the working-class."
There was a widespread feeling that it could even become an annual event. The day's events were organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) which is demanding an independent public inquiry into the events at Orgreave on 18 June 1984. In an upcoming issue, the Socialist will carry an interview with Barbara Jackson, secretary of OTJC.
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In The Socialist 18 June 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Strike back for a living wage
Report shows huge support for taxing rich
Survey shows potential for new mass workers' party
Them & Us
Kshama Sawant to speak at Socialism 2014
International socialist news and analysis
Iraq: Oil war's bloody legacy
Brazil: Upsurge in struggles of workers and homeless
Socialist Party workplace news
How should the RMT maintain Bob Crow's tradition?
Unison local government members want action on pay
Bakers call for £10 minimum wage
Escalation of FBU dispute begins
Lambeth College indefinite strike
Safety Glass workers strike for a real pay rise
Trades council conference: workers won't wait for TUC
Workplace news in brief
Come to the NSSN conference on 5 July
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaign reports
Rhydyfelin library saved
Nottinghamshire fire cuts - "pushed to breaking point"
Orgreave 30th anniversary - solidarity and celebration
Birmingham: new Socialist Party branch
Socialist Party Summer Camp 2014
Readers' comments and reviews
"Self-employed" and exploited
Book review: The man who loved dogs
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