The Battle of Orgreave took place on 18th June 1984 amidst the miner’s long fight against pit closures. This video is a must do watch for all trade unionists and seekers of social justice alike.
As this video shows, what happened at Orgreave was orchestrated, state brutalising oppression against the working classes.
The call for an inquiry into Orgreave is ongoing and longstanding.
“It is in the public interest to know who instructed and was responsible for the police riot and lies at Orgreave during the 1984-85 miners’ strike, 37 years ago, when striking miners fighting to protect their jobs, industry and communities were beaten up, fitted up, locked up and demonised by a false narrative orchestrated by the Conservative government and perpetuated and sanctioned by the media.
No-one in government or the police has yet been held to account.
We are aware that documents relating to Orgreave are embargoed until 2066 and much information already in the public domain will only be meaningfully accessible with a thorough and authoritative review and inquiry”. Kate Flannery – Secretary of Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
Orgreave and Hillsborough
“After a 32 year struggle, the families of the 96 men, women and children killed as a consequence of the Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster in 1989, in their long battle for truth and justice, have today heard a ruling of “no case to answer” handed down by Mr Justice William Davis.
Orgreave and Hillsborough are part of the same story. Both cases have at their heart South Yorkshire Police, although Orgreave involved officers from many other forces as well. The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) is pressing for a full and independent inquiry into what happened, just as the Hillsborough campaigners demanded an impartial investigation into the causes of the Hillsborough disaster”. OTJC Statement following the collapse of the Hillsborough trial. May 26, 2021
The Policing Bill
With the Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bills making its passage through Parliament we know there is renewed action from our current authoritarian government for disarm the unions. The unions now more than ever need to rally in solidarity for the rights of unions to protest, picket and strike.
Please check out below: – The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign that includes ex-miners, Trades Unionists, activists and others who are determined to get justice for miners who were victims of police lies and cover ups at Orgreave in June 1984.
The Labour Party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, made a firm commitment to an inquiry into Orgreave. This was on Page 80 of the 2019 Labour manifesto. This commitment needs to be upheld going forward. The Campaign for an inquiry also have the support of Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC and many Trade Unions, Councils, political groups and community organisations.
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
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