The Armley asbestos scandal, the life of June Hancock, her legal fight for justice and the story of how the Fund was set up in her name and what it’s achieved over the last 19 years feature in the 100th issue of the British Asbestos Newsletter, just out.
Trustees Kimberley Stubbs and Adrian Budgen have contributed two articles to the commemorative newsletter, which has become a feature of the global campaign to end the use of asbestos.
The British Asbestos Newsletter is a quarterly publication which is distributed to victim support groups, public bodies, lawyers, solicitors, barristers, researchers, doctors, academics and environmentalists in over thirty countries. Editor Laurie Kazan Allen is also the Coordinator of The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), which was set up both to support campaigns to ban asbestos use globally and to facilitate communication between plaintiffs’ representatives and groups internationally.
The Commemorative Edition is representative of the breadth of asbestos politics. There are articles on developments in the treatment and nursing of mesothelioma patients, Parliamentary initiatives to achieve just compensation, the histories of social movements such as The Forum and SPAID, legal initiatives in Scotland, the continuing threat posed by asbestos in schools, the on-going struggles to have asbestos banned under the Rotterdam Convention, estimates of the future toll of asbestos deaths, and the industry use of art to promote its products. There are stories of individuals, social movements and regional communities.
Follow this link to read a full review of the edition by Jock McCulloch, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.