29 September 2015
Asbestos: Killer Fibre!
Paris, France: An explosive report released today at the 13th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation documents a shocking loss of life caused by asbestos exposures throughout the European Union (EU), with the number of deaths per year estimated to be in excess of 47,000.
The figures cited by Dr. Jukka Takala and the co-authors of this report are more than treble previous estimates but, as bad as they are, they do not tell the whole story about Europe's asbestos pandemic.
There are multiple reasons for this. The deaths counted exclude:
- those from environmental or domestic asbestos exposures – which are killing even more people in asbestos hotspots than workplace exposures;
- fatalities from other asbestos-related diseases such as cancers of the larynx and ovary, and possibly stomach, colorectal and pharynx cancers;
- asbestos-related mortality from European countries not in the EU, many of which
continue to consume large amounts of asbestos and asbestos-containing products.
27 July 2015
STOP PLAYING WITH CANCER!
Asbestos victims support groups, trade unions and UK campaigning bodies are urging local authorities, government agencies and market surveillance bodies to prioritize the threat posed by the possible asbestos contamination of UK imports.
4 July 2015
Government gives way again over court costs in face of asbestos victims’ legal challenge
The Asbestos Victims Support Group’s Forum brought a judicial review challenge to the Government’s enhanced court costs which means that most mesothelioma sufferers will have to pay an average £7,500, and up to £10,000, to bring a claim for compensation.
Claimants can receive remission from paying court costs if they are on a low income and they do not have more than £16,000 in capital. Since most mesothelioma sufferers are paid approximately £16,000 in statutory compensation they would not be eligible for remission of court fees.
The Government have accepted that this was wrong and are amending the remission fee order so that statutory payments are not treated as capital. This change is effective from 3 July 2015.
The Forum says:
“Yet again, dying mesothelioma sufferers who have very limited financial resources have had to take court action to get justice. In this case they should never have had to launch legal action to stop the Government charging £10,000 in court costs to claim compensation for the criminal negligence of employers, often Government as employer, who continued to expose them to asbestos decades after it was known to cause cancer.”
23 April 2015
Charter for Justice launched
The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK has issued a Charter for Justice for asbestos victims. The Charter sets out a small number of easily affordable reforms that would make a real difference to asbestos victims.
This country owes a debt of justice to asbestos victims and their families. We all have a duty to make sure victims receive the help they need. We all have an interest in making sure that asbestos is removed from the buildings we live and work in so that no one suffers in the future. This Charter sets out how we could achieve these aims. We hope everyone can support it. In particular we would like our politicians and policy makers to support it.
Please pledge your support for the Charter for Justice today, and make sure that any politician you vote for supports it too.
Click here to view the Charter
13 March 2015
Asbestos Victims Groups Welcome Publication of Government’s Asbestos in Schools Report. Now we need long term strategic policies to remove this deadly material from our schools
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28 January 2015
UK victims of mesothelioma support Eternit victims in Italy
On 18 November 2014, a delegation of 13 Forum members travelled from the UK to Italy. Our itinerary would be to spend 2 days in Rome to witness the Italian Supreme Court's verdict on the Eternit trial - click to read more...
3 October 2014
High Court Halts Government Plans to Increase Asbestos Victims’ Legal Costs
In a stunning rebuke for the Government the High Court has today (2 October 2014) put a halt to Government plans that would have seen court damages paid to mesothelioma victims cut, a move designed to save money for the wealthy insurance companies liable to pay damages. The High Court, only two months after the damning report of the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee, found in favour of the Forum’s Judicial Review application to stop these changes being forced through.
To read the Forum’s press release click here
5 September 2014
TUC Congress 2014 Fringe Meeting Monday 8th September, 1pm in Hall 13 BT Convention Centre
Asbestos Victims– An Agenda for Justice
Speakers: Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions
Tony Whitston (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK)
Marie Hughes (Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group)
Chair: Jennie Formby– Political Director for Unite the Union
-A buffet lunch will be provided-
Asbestos victims currently face the attacks of the insurance industry on access to compensation, as set out in their secret deal with the Coalition Government. We don’t need secret deals; we need an agenda for justice. Come along to the meeting and find out what you can do to make it a reality. To see flyer click here...