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Arthur Scargill to lead rally to celebrate the Battle of Saltley Gate

posted 31 Jan 2012, 12:02 by pete jackson   [ updated 3 Feb 2012, 01:06 ]

Friday 10th February will be the 40th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Saltley Gate’.

Birmingham Trades Council has organised a celebration rally at the site of the former Saltley Coking Works on Friday 10th February 2012 at 11am, the moment that the gates were shut,

Arthur Scargill was a representative of the Barnsley Miners in 1972. He led the picketing of Saltley Coking Works. Scargill spoke to the Birmingham East AUEW committee and asked them to stop work and march to the gates. He also addressed the NUVB (National Union of Vehicle Builders). Both agreed to call their members out.

On 10th February 1972 30,000 Birmingham engineers struck to support 2,000 striking miners who were picketing Saltley Coking Works. Over 10,000 engineers marched to the gates and forced the police to close them.

Arthur Scargill has confirmed that he will speak at the rally next week.

The rally will include miners and engineers who were involved in the Battle of Saltley Gate. Also speakers from current struggles and Banner Theatre will perform their song ‘close the gates’.

Friday 10th February, 11am, Gate Street, Saltley Gate roundabout

Click here for map of the rally venue

Saltley Gate 40th Anniversary Rally

posted 28 Jan 2012, 03:42 by pete jackson

Birmingham Trades Union Council

Invite you to Join Us

in a

Saltley Gate 40th Anniversary Rally

11am Friday 10th Feb

at the site Nr Saltley Gate Roundabout

Speakers from the Strike & Current Struggles

& performance by Banner Theatre

We are commemorating the day that 30,000 Birmingham Trade Unionists went on strike in support of the National Union of Mineworkers in their bid for fair pay.

15,000 engineering workers picketed to close the gates of the last remaining open fuel depot - Saltley.

The blockade forced police to close the gates.

Come and Bring your Banners & Placards

See the Story of the Day at https://sites.google.com/site/saltleygate/articles/fortyyearsafterwhat’sinaname

 

When Workers Unite WE CAN WIN !

Anyone directly involved at the time, please contact us ASAP

Mary Pearson – BTUC Vice President

marypearson123@btinternet.com

Tel: 0121 773 8683 Mob: 07970174167

7.30pm Friday 10th Feb Banner Theatre perform part of their Saltley Gate Show and Fighting the Cuts at the Library Theatre, Chamberlain Square

 

Birmingham trade unions to celebrate 40th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Saltley Gate’

posted 23 Jan 2012, 04:33 by pete jackson

Press Statement

For Immediate Release

Birmingham trade unions to celebrate 40th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Saltley Gate’

Friday 10th February will be the 40th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Saltley Gate’.

On this date 30,000 Birmingham engineers struck to support 2,000 striking miners who were picketing Saltley Coking Works. Over 10,000 engineers marched to the gates and forced the police to close them.

Saltley Coking Works had continued to distribute Coke after an agreement between the NUM, employers and the government recognised that only essential services should be supplied. Local paper reported a mile long queue of lorries waiting to get in.

Miners were picketing the works for several days, with their numbers growing, but had been unable to stop the flow of lorries.

Arthur Scargill, then a representative of Barnsley Miners, spoke to the Birmingham East AUEW committee and asked them to stop work and march to the gates. He also addressed the NUVB (National Union of Vehicle Builders). Both agreed to call their members out.

The victory of the miners and Birmingham engineers was the turning point in the strike. The miners soon won the dispute. This started a year of industrial struggle which left the Tory government paralysed.

Birmingham Trades Union Council has called a press conference at the former site of the gates at Saltley coking works. Miners and engineers who were present on that historic day will be in attendance and available for comment, as well as other trade unionists.

Friday 10th February, 11am, Saltley Gate roundabout


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