Fight for justice!

Unite’s policy conference, in Liverpool, supporting fight for justice for The Shrewsbury 24. Fighting for justice is something that I have been involved with a great deal over the years. I believe when things are wrong we must speak out.  It was, therefore, a great pleasure to meet campaigner Ricky Tomlinson  at Unite’s policy conference…
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The hidden killer in schools

I’m sending out another plea, to anyone who will listen, for greater knowledge and management of the asbestos threat within our schools. Our children are more at risk and more vulnerable to asbestos and, whilst we cannot do anything about past exposure, we can and must see action to prevent anymore being exposed.  The outcomes…
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Mesothelioma Bill

In July 14 we will see the implementation of the long-overdue Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (‘Scheme’) for mesothelioma victims and their families. This has been a long fight for justice by victims, campaigners and politicians. The fight began back in February 2010 when Labour launched the originating consultation. The scheme however excludes all other asbestos…
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Asbestos in Schools – the need for urgent action

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched its policy review on the asbestos management in schools. The consultation closing date is 31st March. The review calls for evidence from all organisations and individuals with an interest in the issue. This includes local authorities, schools, teachers, support staff, governors, unions, parents, epidemiologists, scientists, risk experts, asbestos…
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These proposed government reforms will do nothing to help mesothelioma victims from asbestos in schools…

Since 2010 Julie Winn, our York-based legal specialist on asbestos, has been Chair of the national Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC). With the aim of making all UK schools safe from the dangers of asbestos, JUAC works closely with the Department for Education steering group, Asbestos in Schools (AIS).

If this is the standard of consultation, heaven help mesothelioma victims in the event of any resulting rule changes…

Julie Winn, our York-based legal specialist on all things asbestos, is appalled at the level of ignorance indicated by the Government’s proposed consultation on mesothelioma claims. With a consultation this flawed, what hope can we possibly hold out for any resulting legislative changes?