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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 March 2021
Shrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned
Ricky Tomlinson and John McDonnell, Shrewsbury 24 press conference, 23.1.13, photo Bob Severn (Click to enlarge)
The Shrewsbury Pickets have had their convictions overturned. Ancient 'conspiracy' legislation was used to convict them for picketing during the national building strike in 1972. Socialist Party member Marion Lloyd, who is standing to be president of civil service union PCS, said:
"Solidarity and respect to the Shrewsbury Pickets, their families and all those who have campaigned for nearly 50 years to have their outrageous injustice overturned. We should remember those we have lost during this time, including the heroic Des Warren.
Des, like Ricky Tomlinson, was among six workers who were jailed. There now needs to be an inquiry - headed by the trade unions - into this scandalous framing of innocent workers by the establishment courts, and the subsequent cover-up.
I was a member of PCS's predecessor union CPSA. It was also targeted by the security services, who sought to undermine democratic trade unions that fight for their members.
Our movement has to use this victory as a platform to resist all moves by the Tories to limit our right to protest, strike and picket, and fight all attempts by Boris Johnson's government and the bosses to make workers pay the price for the Covid crisis. Be in no doubt - we stand and fight and we fight to win!"
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In The Socialist 24 March 2021:
Protesting is not a crime
Defying the anti-protest restrictions
Police attempt to silence mothers
Police invade student homes
NHS pay: 15% now
Fighting NHS privatisation
Haringey: Hands off our GP practices
Battle for a fighting, anti-austerity Liverpool mayor
Why I am standing for TUSC
Help fund the Socialist Party's stand as part of TUSC
Fighting Sexual Harassment
Fighting sexual harassment and gender violence on campus
Justice for Blessing Olusegun
Film Review: Moxie
Paris Commune 150 Years
150th anniversary of the Paris Commune
2011 Pensions Strike
Lessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power
PCS elections: increased support for Broad Left Network
Engineering workers strike against 'fire and rehire' in Leicester
'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights
Shrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned
Sparks continue protests against deskilling
Beal High school strike as management refuse to negotiate over fair sick pay scheme
Preparing to organise workers in Enfield
Support victimised bus driver reps and Socialist Party members Declan and Moe
Goodlord workers continue all-out strike
Save John Carroll - fight is far from over!
Stop evictions and drop the debts
Online meeting - Ending violence against women, the socialist approach
Socialist Party regional conferences meet online
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