24 February 2014
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow will be in Brighton on the 8th March to join the cities’ events to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 Miners' Strike. During the strike Brighton was a centre of support and solidarity for the miners, especially for the close neighbours - the Kent miners.
1.30pm-4.30pm, Saturday 8 March (doors 1pm)
Friends' Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
The event will mark both the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 Miners' Strike and International Women's Day and is supported by Sussex Labour Representation Committee, Brighton & Hove District Trades Council, representatives of the Kent miners and Women Against Pit Closures.
Along with RMT’s Bob Crow, other speakers will include Manuel Cortes (TSSA) and Simon Weller (ASLEF) – reflecting the great solidarity shown by railway workers to the miners during the strike. There will be representatives from Betteshanger NUM and Women Against Pit Closures, with Joy Hurcombe from Labour CND, as well as singer/songwriter Robb Johnson, comedian and activist Kate Smurthwaite, and the Malthouse Duo with Don Walker on sax and Robert Deering on keyboards.
The event is a fundraiser for the Kent Miners' Festival and the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“This year’s 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike is not only an opportunity to mark the extraordinary courage and determination of the mining communities in the teeth of the full force of a state-sponsored operation to break them, but also gives us a chance to ignite the same kind of fighting spirit and unity that we need to counter the attacks that the unions and the working class are under today.
“Many NUR and NUS activists were victimised, hounded and sacked for acting in solidarity with the miners and RMT will be supporting events the length and breadth of the country this year to mark the struggle of 1984/85 and to demand justice for communities that were wrecked and individuals who were framed during the state operation against the unions. The fight goes on.”