UCATT welcomes shadow home secretary’s commitment to investigate blacklisting

Blacklist day of actionUCATT has welcomed the commitment made by Andy Burnham to fight for justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets and blacklisted workers.

In his speech on the final day of Labour Party conference yesterday, the shadow home secretary
said: “We don’t know the full extent of the collusion between police and press.

“We won’t know the full story of Hillsborough until we know what the same police force did to the miners in the aftermath of Orgreave.

“And to understand how an anti-trade-union culture developed in parts of the police, we need the full story about the false convictions and imprisonment of building workers in Shrewsbury.

“I will make it my personal priority in this job to put the pieces of this jigsaw together – alongside other historical injustices we have seen: the abuse of stop and search powers against black and asian young people; and particularly child sexual exploitation.

Andy Burnham also committed Labour to continue campaigning for justice for blacklisted workers.

UCATT’s acting general secretary said: “We are delighted that Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary is absolutely committed to fighting for justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets and to help ensure that a 40 plus year fight for justice, can be concluded. This demonstrates how Labour is reconnecting with workers and is prepared to take on the establishment to win justice.”

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