– Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary
This is a landmark ruling which will affect thousands of victims of asbestos. It is a disgrace that insurance companies went to such lengths to shirk their responsibilities. For callous insurers this means the responsibility holiday is over. Unite fought this case to the highest court to get justice for Charles, his family and all victims of asbestos. Justice for ordinary people and the ability of trade unions to bring these cases won't be possible if the Government succeeds in slamming the door to justice with their legal aid bill.
Relatives of workers who died of an asbestos-related cancer have won a compensation fight at the Supreme Court. This means that employers' insurers are likely to have to pay out on policies from the late 1940s to the late 1990s.