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Betrayed over asbestos

Issue No. 1732

Victims of asbestos poisoning are getting 'sympathy but no money' according to leading asbestos campaigner in Scotland Tommy Gorman. Thousands of workers may never get payments they are entitled to after the insurance company, QBE International, handling their claims recently went bust. 'It could be a major problem,' says Tommy. 'People were poisoned when they worked on the Upper Clyde shipyards in Scotland. And it's not just Scotland. In areas like Liverpool and Tyneside workers were affected too.'

Workers on the shipyards and other factories were never told asbestos was lethal. But workers in their fifties and sixties are now suffering from fatal diseases.

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Sat 27 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1732
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