Thirty-seven Birkenhead shipyard workers were jailed for occupying rigs at the Cammell Laird shipyard in an effort to stop compulsory redundancies at the site.
The action lasted for six months and resulted in writs being served against the striking workers and a case heard without their presence at a Manchester court.
As a result the men, including four brothers, were all imprisoned in a high security prison for 28 days.
The men also lost their jobs and a battle for justice has ensued ever since.
Eddie Marnell of the GMB union has placed an e-petition entitled “Full disclosure of all government documents relating to 1984 Cammell Laird Labour dispute” in an effort to uncover the truth and press ahead with a compensation claim.
Mr Marnell was one of the people jailed for carrying out lawful trade union activity and believes the government is trying to “wipe the event from history”.
He said: “I have written to every conceivable department under the Freedom of Information Act requesting information about myself, and the events of the strike, only to be told that nothing is available.
“I’ve had promises of help from two Labour prime ministers – Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – but to date I’ve had none.”
Mr Marnell continued to say that their imprisonment was used as a deterrent for other would be striking workers, such as the miners, who were involved in a bitter dispute with the Conservative Government of that time.
Eddie is hoping enough people will sign the online petition to have the events surrounding the imprisonment of him and 36 other people raised in Parliament.
Liverpool Echo review of a play about the dispute.