UCATT welcomes Labour's asbestos announcement

Construction union UCATT have welcomed the announcement made today (May 13th) by Rachel Reeves the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary that the next Labour Government will act to provide fresh assistance to victims of asbestos.

Speaking at UCATT conference Ms Reeves said that the next Labour Government will: “Be enshrining in a law a levy on the insurance industry, to secure a sustainable funding stream for improved compensation for victims and ongoing research into the disease and its treatment. To ensure there is no short-changing of those who have already paid far too much.”

UCATT have long campaigned for the establishment of a National Centre for Asbestos Related Disease (NCARD) which would help to research better treatment and cures for asbestos related diseases. The previous Labour Government was committed to funding NCARD but the incoming Conservative-led Government immediately scrapped this commitment.

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “Thousands of workers die every year from asbestos diseases. The insurance industry are happy to take the premiums but they never want to pay compensation. This levy would be a major step in providing justice for asbestos victims.”

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