This website celebrates the victory at Saltley Gate so that we can repeat it's victories in the future.
In February 1972 some 30,000 Birmingham engineers walked out on strike in solidarity with striking miners deals. Up to 15,000 then marched to join miners who were picketing Saltley coke depot. The blockade forced the police, who had kept the depot open all week, to surrender and close the gates.Saltley remains a key moment in British working class history. During the miners strike of 1984 - 85 the Battle of Orgreave briefly looked like it might become another Saltley and the government and police threw everything they had at it to make sure it didn't.
Read an outline of how the gates were closed here.
Pamphlet tracing the events at the Battle of Saltley Gate and the growth of militancy in the mines and engineering click here
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