POA Circulars

169 | 14.11.2013

Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign

At the NEC meeting on the 13th November 2013, the Executive agreed to support all other TUC affiliates on this Campaign.

The POA has been involved in this Campaign for a number of years, but never officially endorsed the Campaign.

As a result of this decision the Executive believed it was vital to set out the background to this Campaign for Justice.


The Campaign was established by several of the convicted Shrewsbury Pickets with local trade union activists following a meeting in Liverpool in 2006.

The Campaign is seeking to overturn the unjust prosecution of 24 building workers who were charged following the first ever national building workers strike in 1972.

In 1973 at Shrewsbury Crown Court the pickets were convicted and became know as the “Shrewsbury 24”.

The aim of the Campaign is an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to have the cases of the 24 referred to the miscarriages of justice to be overturned.

The main campaign lead for this is Eileen Turnball, but the most famous member of the “Shrewsbury 24” is Ricky Tomlinson.

All of the NEC and Full Time Officers have signed the attached petition and we would urge all POA members to sign and demonstrate their solidarity in fighting for justice.

Please return all completed petitions to the General Secretary’s office by Friday 22nd November 2013.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and co-operation.

Yours sincerely


General Secretary

Petition Nov 2013 - paper portrait (1).pdf

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