Industrial disease claims have resulted in more than £2 million being awarded in personal injury compensation to individuals in the north-east over the last year-and-a-half.
That is according to figures released by Unite - a trade union with around 1.5 million members across the UK and led by general secretary Len McCluskey - which have shown that 67 of its patrons in this area of the country have won damages settlements in this period, the Shields Gazette reports.
Asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural plaques were all common reasons behind these compensation sums, 15 of which resulted in death.
Karen Reay, regional secretary of Unite, has pledged that her organisation will keep on battling for damages for its members who are suffering due to the "legacy of the area's industrial past".
"We will continue to fight on behalf of these members and their families for fair compensation and justice," she insisted.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson