Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson sends letter of support to Jobstown protestors

Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson has sent a letter in support of the Jobstown protestors in Dublin.

Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson sends letter of support to Jobstown protestors

Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson has sent a letter in support of the Jobstown protestors in Dublin.

The letter, read out by Éirígí's Scott Masterson at today's rally in Dublin, comes after a teenager was

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The message of solidarity with the Jobstown protesters from Tomlinson recalls when he was sent to jail with his friend Dessie Warren in the 70s for a builders' dispute against the British government.

If you can't see the Facebook post above, click here, or read the full letter below:

Brothers and Sisters,

40 years ago myself and Dessie Warren were sentenced to 2 years and 3 years in jail.

We were guilty for organising building workers; we were guilty for organising for better pay and for better health and safety; but most of all we were guilty of saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Working conditions on building sites were second only to coal mines for fatalities and serious injuries. Facilities were non existent, no toilets or wash basins. Pay was terrible £20 per week for a skilled worker and £17 for labourers, this for a 40 hour week.

Me and Dessie organised workers to strike, we organised workers for better pay and conditions and we won! But the bosses and the Tories came after us and used the law to punish us and to punish other building workers - but we stood strong.

It is an absolute insult to find that a politician trapped in the comfort of (a) car is deemed to be in prison. As Jim Royle would say - "Imprisonment my arse!"

Dublin is a great city - Liverpool is a great city - but solidarity and unity of the working class is the most important.

I want to send greetings to the people of Jobstown for standing up against water charges - it is better to break the law than to break the poor.

[PAUSE]

You'll Never Walk Alone,

Ricky Tomlinson.

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