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The startling statistics behind our ZeroAsbestos campaign

5 May 2021

Everyone is worried about road traffic accidents. At the back of our minds we always know that our next car journey could be our last, or that we could lose family and friends in a tragic road accident. Do we have the same anxiety when we go into our place of  work, or to school,…

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A minute’s silence for the 100s of people who died across the West Midlands this year because of work related accidents and diseases

28 April 2021

This afternoon people gathered on-line from charities and trades unions to remember the loss of 100s of lives across the West Midlands this year. The cause of death was work related accidents and diseases. These causes ranged from being crushed by cattle to covid-19 and microscopic asbestos fibres. The vast majority of those who died…

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We are calling for Zero Asbestos!

28 April 2021

“ZERO Asbestos” was the campaign message to take forward from the conference, Asbestos — Campaign Against All Fears. The joint conference was held on April 16 by Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST), Asbestos Support Central England (ASCE) and Yorkshire and Humberside Asbestos Support (SARAG), and delegates heard from a number of speakers about the key…

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Help Mesothelioma UK set priorities for its research

26 April 2021

The Mesothelioma UK Research Centre team at the University of Sheffield is seeking the views of people living with mesothelioma and their family members or close friends, (including bereaved carers). They are also keen to hear from people who are treating, caring and supporting people with mesothelioma. This includes clinicians, academics, lawyers, asbestos support group…

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Why are they still waiting?

20 April 2021

The sun is shining more often and we are starting to unlock, yet people with asbestosis & pleural thickening are still missing out because of the pandemic. The Department of Work and Pensions is slowly processing their claims for government benefits and compensation but there is still an unacceptable backlog. This is causing delays and…

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MPs Condemn Johnson & Johnson for Continuing to Sell its Baby Powder

16 April 2021

Ian Lavery, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Asbestos has tabled an Early Day motion (No 58341) in Parliament condemning Johnson & Johnson for continuing to sell baby powder found by scientists to be contaminated with asbestos. Please ask your MP to sign it. The background to the Motion Both the US…

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Asbestos Sheets Dumped on Country Roads

14 April 2021

Staffordshire County Council has reported an increase in fly tipping on rural roads and lanes during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. This has included sheets of asbestos, which is dangerous to passersby and expensive to remove. The cost is borne by the taxpayer. They are appealing to everyone not to use tradespeople to carry out…

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Birmingham Workers Memorial Day “Remember the Dead and fight for the living” Zoom meeting 12.30pm Wed, 28 April 2021

1 April 2021

http://btuc.org/wordpress2 for Zoom link, near the date Speakers, including bereaved relatives: Tracy Edwards, National Health & Safety Officer PCS Su Lowe, Unite the Union, West Mids lead officer for Health Ravi Subramanian, West Mids UNISON Regional Secretary Lee Barron, Midlands TUC Regional Secretary John Blunt, trustee Asbestos Support Central England Kathy Gaffney, Sec West Midlands…

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How to support someone who has an asbestos related disease

25 March 2021

Tamron Little is a mesothelioma survivor. She has been living with peritoneal mesothelioma for a number of years. In a new blog post for Asbestos.com she describes several ways in which we can all support people who have an asbestos related disease. Covid-19 has meant that all of us are more isolated from family and…

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Would you like to lose £1,000 because of inaction by the Government?

22 March 2021

Of course not! But the Government’s failure to process benefits quickly, coupled with empty promises from ministers, has resulted in just that! One unfortunate person has lost more than £1,000 The delays in awarding governmnt compensation has meant that one person with an asbestos related disease lost more than £1000 of compensation to which he…

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