After the 1972 first and only National Building Strike 24 men were convicted of criminal actions. Between them they were accused of unlawful assembly affray and conspiracy.
Immediately before the strike the Government had lost two extremely embarrassing battles to the miners (Saltley Gate) and to the London
- Dockers (The Pentonvllle Five).
The arrests of the building workers was a hostile act by a belittled Government to criminalize picketing and therefore impose fear to resist. The Pickets were escorted by the police to each site and praised for their conduct during the dispute. No man was arrested or cautioned during the dispute and the police advised against any charges.
However, the police advice and the pickets' conduct was ignored by the Tory Government.
Six men went to prison three for conspiracy, the harshest sentence being 3 years for Des Warren, whose treatment in prison is considered added toward his untimely death.
Three men were given suspended sentences and the remainder were fined. The building workers did not conspire in any criminal act to improve their working conditions- they were not the disgraceful images described by our free press - but they did work for owners of huge influential construction companies one of whom was directly active within the Conservative party.
There was no conspiracy by workers - S0 'WHOSE CONSPIRACY'?
Over the years the club has supported the campaign to overturn the unjust prosecution of 24 building workers and once again we are proud to host a fund-raising event for them on Friday 29 July 2011 at 7-30 pm Entrance and refreshments free. On sale Books-T.Shirts and CD's Voluntary donations gratefully accepted.
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