Justice for Des Warren & the Shrewsbury Pickets


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Des Warren was one of the pickets jailed at Shrewsbury following the national building workers strike of 1972. His trial on conspiracy charges was part of the attempt by the Tory government of the day to destroy basic trade union rights.

Although jailed by the Tories, it was a Labour government that allowed Des Warren to serve two and a half years in prison.

The TUC leadership refused to lift a finger, rejecting demands for a general strike to free him.

Des suffered permanent injury to his health from drugs administered in jail and ultimately this led to his death in April 2004.

The lessons of his experience are invaluable for anyone wanting to fight against the return of poor conditions in the building trades and other industries.

Campaign update - March 2007 (PDF)

The Justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets Campaign demands a full public inquiry to lift the lid on the political conspiracy behind the jailing of the Shrewsbury pickets. Click here for some of the questions that the Campaign want answered:

'THE KEY TO MY CELL' reprint

The reprint of Des Warren’s autobiography ‘The Key to My Cell’ is to be launched at the Writing on the Wall (WOW) Festival, History Day, Tuesday 15 May 4.00-5.30 pm, at Dean Walters Building (JMU) Upper Duke St.

Joe Sim, Professor of Criminology at JMU, will discuss the use of legal drugs by the state to control prisoners. Steve Tombs, Professor of Sociology at JMU, will discuss corporate crime and the construction industry today.


To read Nick Warren's preface to this edition click here

To order the book contact: justice4pickets@yahoo.co.uk

For copies of the A4 poster shown on the left click here

Campaign Event: 7.30pm, Thursday 10 May 2007, Ruskin House, Coombe Road, Croydon. For more details click here
Campaign Event:

Friday 26 January 2007

Shotton, North Wales.


Arthur Scargill, Mike Abbott, Eddie Roberts (chair) Ricky Tomlinson, Terry Renshaw (not shown)


Click below to hear parts of speeches:


Remember Des Warren
Justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets


Letter to supporters of the campaign
Meeting calls for an inquiry into the trial of the pickets


The following resolution was passed, at a meeting to remember Des, held at the Casa, Liverpool, Saturday 5 August 2006


"This meeting demands justice for all the ‘Shrewsbury’ pickets falsely convicted following the 1972 building workers’ strike.

We call for a national open public inquiry into the trial of the pickets, and for a national committee, set up from this meeting, whose prime aim is to campaign for this."


Click here to read a review and see pictures of this event.

Click here for a copy of the model resolution calling for an inquiry.


November 2003. Des with Mike Abbott, Pat Warren, Ricky Tomlinson, Arthur Murray and Harry Chadwick
The Wigan to London March rallies at Trafalgar Square. From the Workers Press 26 February 1975
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