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Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign 17/06/2013

Posted by pcsdwpsheffield in Uncategorized.

This Trade Union Branch welcomes the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign statement of aims in seeking truth and justice for the miners who were victimised and falsely arrested by the police from many different forces during the picketing of the Orgreave Coking Plant in South Yorkshire in June 1984. 95 miners were arrested and charged with riot, an offence which carried the potential sentence of life imprisonment.  The subsequent trials collapsed because of lack of evidence. No police officer has ever been disciplined or charged with perverting the course of justice, falsifying evidence and using violence against miners pursuing legitimate industrial action against the loss of jobs and the mining industry and the threatened collapse of their communities built around a single industry.

  1. We support the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and its aim outlined below of a full public inquiry.

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.  First meeting adopted 15th November 2012, the following statement.

“The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign – seeking truth and justice for all miners  victimised by the police at The Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, June 1984.  Orgreave is part of the pattern of cover ups and lies by the police from many different forces, which are now being exposed.  We call for a full public inquiry to take place as soon as possible into the policing and subsequent statements recorded by the police at the time .We want everyone who seeks the truth and wants justice to support us in our campaign.”

  1. We will encourage our members to sign the e petition set up in November 2012 which needs 100,000 signatures by November 2013 to initiate a debate in Parliament.
  2. We will lobby Members of Parliament to support the Early Day Motion put down by Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, Northumberland calling an inquiry into the policing of the miners’s strike.
  3. We will publicise the branch’s support of the campaign to branch members and other contacts the branch has.




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