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31 March 2021

Pickets exonerated after almost 50 years

Solicitor Paul Heron explains about the quashing of the convictions

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24 March 2021

Shrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned

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.

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24 October 2018

1821 Cinderloo uprising: "The crowd thought it had nothing else to lose"

Recently, a group in Telford, Shropshire has highlighted events that took place in the county in 1821, known as the Cinderloo uprising. The very name indicates the national effects of the growing Chartist movement and the events of Peterloo two years earlier.

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6 January 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Prison officers' conference to discuss attacks at work; junior doctors' strike back on; fighting the anti-union bill in Lancashire.

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29 October 2015

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists / United We Stand

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12 November 2014

Theatre Review: United We Stand

It is the summer of 1972, two years into a Tory government, and building workers take strike action against the 'Lump' - the use of cash-in-hand non-union labour in the building industry, writes Reviewed by Kate Jones, Socialist Party Wales.

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24 January 2013

Shrewsbury 24: What is the government hiding?

The government has refused to publish documents relating to the Shrewsbury 24 case

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19 December 2012

Support the Shrewsbury pickets

Ricky Tomlinson's announcement that the Justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets Campaign has launched a petition to secure the release of state documents, deserves maximum support...

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11 July 2011

'Fire and rehire': Shropshire council sacks 6,500 workers

All 6,500 Shropshire county council employees have been sent 90-day redundancy notices last week, writes Sam Morecroft, Shropshire Socialist Party.

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26 May 2011

Shropshire Socialist Party: Imperialism and revolution in the Middle East

Thursday 29th May 2011: From Tunisia, to Egypt, to Bahrain, to Libya, to Yemen, to Djibouti and Morocco, the revolution that was sparked by the self-immolation of the desperate and heroic street seller in Tunisia has erupted throughout the Middle East...

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Lewisham protest against cuts, photo by Chris Flood

Lewisham protest against cuts, photo by Chris Flood

23 February 2011

Opposing all cuts: Thousands march across England and Wales

What we think: Cuts-making councillors must be challenged:
Barclays Bank made 11.6 billion in profits in 2009 and paid just 1% of that in UK corporation tax...

Demonstration reports from Bristol, Hackney, Hillingdon, Shrewsbury, Waltham Forest, Lewisham and Rhondda Cynon Taff

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16 February 2011

Workplace news in brief

Tata steelworks cleaners' strike: Around 70 contract cleaners, working for OCS at the Tata Steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales are taking part in two days of strike action in a dispute over pay...

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15 September 2010

Shropshire: showing socialist alternative gets results

Thirty people gathered in Shrewsbury on Thursday 9 September for a Socialist Party (SP) public meeting entitled 'what is the socialist alternative?' with the party's deputy general secretary, Hannah Sell, as the guest speaker, writes Sarah Marshall Shropshire Socialist Party.

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7 July 2010

Shrewsbury Pickets march for justice

Socialist Party members formed a large, colourful, youthful and lively contingent on the Shrewsbury 24 campaign 3 July march and rally in Shrewsbury...

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10 March 2010

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets

In 1972, 31 pickets were arrested and put on trial in Shrewsbury, 24 were convicted. The Tory government was trying to wreak revenge on striking building workers, after being given a bloody nose by the...

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8 July 2009

Demanding justice for Shrewsbury 24

Around 400 trade unionists marched through Shrewsbury on Saturday 4 July in pursuit of justice for the 24 building workers who were put on trial in 1973 following their successful 1972 building workers strike, writes Dave Griffiths and Andy Ford.

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30 June 2009

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets march and rally

Speakers at the rally will include: representatives of the Shrewsbury Justice Campaign, Ricky Tomlinson, 1972 jailed picket, Arthur Scargill, NUM leader during the year long miners' strike 25 years ago, Rob Williams, victimised Linamar Swansea Unite convenor and vice chair of NSSN, and a PCS union...

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