From the Archive: 1972, Solidarity strikes force the release of five dockers imprisoned in Pentonville prison for picketing and unofficial solidarity strikes under the Industrial Relations Act

May 9, 2013
Vic Turner speaking to a mass meeting of dockers © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

Vic Turner speaking to a mass meeting of dockers
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Tony Merrick, Conny Clancy and Derek Watkins were arrested while picketing Midland Cold Store, East London for for contempt of court for picketing after the Vestey Group obtained an injunction. © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

Tony Merrick, Conny Clancy and Derek Watkins were arrested while picketing Midland Cold Store, East London for for contempt of court for picketing after the Vestey Group obtained an injunction.
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Tony Merrick, Conny Clancy and Derek Watkins were arrested while picketing Midland Cold Store, East London for for contempt of court for picketing after the Vestey Group obtained an injunction. © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

Tony Merrick, Conny Clancy and Derek Watkins were arrested while picketing Midland Cold Store, East London for for contempt of court for picketing after the Vestey Group obtained an injunction.
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Docker Vic Turner awaiting arrest, Vic Turner can be seen under the R of workers in the banner.  © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

Docker Vic Turner awaiting arrest, Vic Turner can be seen under the R of workers in the banner.
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Docker Vic Turner and and Bernie Steer are carried aloft after being released from jail. Five dockers were imprisoned in Pentonville prison for picketing, unofficial solidarity strikes. The Industrial Relations Act restricted trade union rights © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

Docker Vic Turner and and Bernie Steer are carried aloft after being released from jail. Five dockers were imprisoned in Pentonville prison for picketing, unofficial solidarity strikes. The Industrial Relations Act restricted trade union rights
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Two private detectives and their lawyer (on right) are asked to look into the camera as they enter the new National Industrial Relations Court (NIRC) to give evidence against the 5 dockers. They identified the dockers as taking part in unlawful picketing of various storage depots in East London- illegal that is under the Tory anti-union legislation © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

Two private detectives and their lawyer (on right) are asked to look into the camera as they enter the new National Industrial Relations Court (NIRC) to give evidence against the 5 dockers. They identified the dockers as taking part in unlawful picketing of various storage depots in East London- illegal that is under the Tory anti-union legislation
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Outside the Midland Cold Store before the arrest of the Pentonville 5, two pickets with opposite messages, a docker on the left and a Cold Store worker counter-picket on the right. East London © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

Outside the Midland Cold Store before the arrest of the Pentonville 5, two pickets with opposite messages, a docker on the left and a Cold Store worker counter-picket on the right. East London
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A huge march of trade union members behind the London docks shop stewards committee banner with its slogan Arise ye Workers, heading for Pentonville Prison where the The Pentonville 5 were being held © Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk

A huge march of trade union members behind the London docks shop stewards committee banner with its slogan Arise ye Workers, heading for Pentonville Prison where the The Pentonville 5 were being held
© Peter Arkell/reportdigital.co.uk