Labour MEPs: Truth remains unheard on unjust imprisonment of Cammell Laird strikers

A Labour MEP has added her voice to calls for justice for the Cammell Laird strikers, as one of their campaigners presented a petition to MEPs today.

The historic miscarriage of justice dates back to 1984, and was presented to the European Parliament petitions committee by Edward Marnell. Mr Marnell is one the campaigners calling for more information to be released about the unjust treatment of 37 strikers who were imprisoned for one month and had their redundancy and pension rights rescinded.

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, member of the committee, said:

“Today’s petition is as relevant now as it was in 1984. Basic fundamental rights such as the freedom to associate and organise within a trade union should never be infringed or considered a criminal activity.

“The European Commission has a duty to ensure these rights are upheld by national governments. That is why I strongly urge them to demand the release of any information surrounding the events of the Cammell Laird strike, so we can uncover how this unjust treatment came to pass.

“There is a big question mark as to why the UK government up until now has not released any documents despite numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

“We already know from similar cases around that time, such as Orgreave, that the trade union movements was targeted in a coordinated fashion by the Thatcher government in order to undermine them.

“Edward Marnell and the other strikers deserve to know the truth behind their detention and subsequent loss of redundancy and pension rights. Justice is long overdue in their case.”

Labour MEP for the North West of England, Theresa Griffin, added:

“It is the 30-year anniversary of the Cammell Laird strike this month and we need to make sure that we are doing as much as we can to get the information about what actually happened in 1984 and since. These strikers took lawful action, but suffered a terrible miscarriage of justice; I am convinced that European law was contravened.

“We will continue to fight, along with Eddie and the GMB, to make sure we get justice for all the Cammell Laird strikers and their families.”