Letter - Miners’ campaign for Orgreave investigation is underway

BY coincidence I read your report ‘Call for investigation on miner’s police claims’ in last week’s paper on the same day that I got the notice about a meeting on this issue in Sheffield.

The BBC programme, which highlighted police behaviour both during and after events at the Orgreave coking plant during the miners’ epic 1984-85 strike, sparked a lot of discussion on the miners’ information network, an online newslist dedicated to collecting information on mining throughout the world.

Also, of course, the success of the Hillsborough Families Group in finally getting the truth about the behaviour of South Yorkshire police after the Hillsborough disaster has inspired former miners.

A Sheffield activist, Barbara Jackson, has played a key role in urging action on this. She was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers white-collar section and on strike for the year.

She points out: “We are at the bottom of a large mountain and we are going to need lots of help to push this back up the agenda.”

An initial meeting to start a campaign for an enquiry into the role of the police at Orgreave in June 1984 takes place tonight, Thursday, November 8 at the Workstation opposite Sheffield’s Midland Station and near to the Showroom Cinema. The meeting starts at 6pm. I realise this is short notice for readers but if people are interested please contact me for information on further activity at: granville24@tiscali.co.uk

Granville Williams

Editor Shafted: The Media, The Miners’ Strike and the Aftermath

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