Following hard work and campaigning from a UK union, Unite, the government in the UK has put legislation into place that could help hundreds of workers with the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma to get the compensation that they are entitled to. The workers are those that were exposed to asbestos by the firm Newell & Turner, which went into administration in 2001.

The Joint General Secretary for Unite said: “We are delighted that the Government has put this right. Had it not been for Unite’s prompt intervention this problem would have remained unchecked to the disadvantage of many mesothelioma sufferers and their families. This decision will benefit our members and countless other T&N asbestos victims who have suffered serious pain and loss of life, and it will aid their families who have to care for them.”

He added: “The union stepped in because it was wrong that workers condemned to an agonising death and their grieving loved ones were facing their compensation being so drastically cut. It was an important point of principle which Unite was committed to getting resolved. ”

He went on to state: “The new legislation was intended to benefit people with mesothelioma but it also resulted in compensation payments to victims from the T&N Trust being drastically reduced or extinguished altogether. The determined action taken by Unite was instrumental in raising this issue at the highest possible level and achieving a fair and just political solution.”

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