Tuesday June 26th 2018
meeting 2 Mesowarriors in the restaurant of the House of Commons was a great part of this All Party Group on occupational Safety and Health meeting.
We had become such firm friends as her Dad suffered Mesothelioma and now I have met her and her Mum in real life makes it all such a special day.
It is why I enjoy going to the House Of Commons as you are right where you can fight and change laws with the help of MP’s.
So we made our way to Room 14 and met all the other members of the forum but also this again was special as at last I have met up with Fernanda Giannasi fro, Brazil
Fernanda Giannasi is a symbol of the struggle to ban asbestos in Brazil. As Labour Inspector for the Ministry of Labor since 1983, Giannasi defends the public interest as regards worker safety and health. Although Brazil still uses asbestos, it has been banned in more than 40 countries, including the European Union members. Asbestos is used in the production of roofing, water tanks and brake pads, and 3000 other products. It can cause severe respiratory disease and cancer.
Giannasi is a founding member of Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA), the association of asbestos‐exposed workers in Brazil, and coordinator in Latin America of the Citizens’ Virtual Network Against Asbestos.
We all settled down as Martin Doherty Hughes MP and Jo Stevens MP Chaired the meeting.
Liz Darlinson had to read Our Dr Mags Portman a Mesowarrior who fights along side me with the disease.
She was on BBC 2 last night https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06bttt6 As here field is Aids and has fought the corner for so many sufferers to get the drug on the NHS.
Now she has a new battle bless her and was to unwell to come and talk herself of her story.
Sir Antony Newman Tailor Prof at the Imperial College spoke of the biology of Mesothelioma as the basis of effective treatment.
Jason Addy of the Spodden Valley Trust spoke of a subject I know well as I’m in with the residents and their fight of stopping building of many houses around the Turner Newel factory that although empty children are playing in such danger. The earth is contaminated around there. and is causing a 3rd wave of the asbestos disease Say No To Hindley is their campaign
Then Fernanda spoke the fight to ban Asbestos I Brazil a fight she has so passionately fought for a long time.
She leads the struggle of 3500 workers who have filed lawsuits against the industry. Criminal charges driven by economic interests have been filed against Giannasi for slander by Eternit, the biggest asbestos producer in Brazil, and by supporters of the French multinational Saint‐Gobain. She has suffered pressure from the Canadian government, the world’s largest exporter, and has been the subject of death threats. In the USA and Europe, her work is well known and respected.
Giannasi has successfully widened the world discussion. According to Giannasi, “I defend an immediate world ban on the production, marketing and use of asbestos”.
John Mclean gave us an update on Asbestos in Schools Figures by the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) in conjunction with the campaigner Lucie Stephens and Rachel Reeves MP, reveal the shocking disparity in asbestos management across Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) and reinforce the need for the Government to take urgent action.
The data, gathered via Freedom of Information requests, included 54 reported asbestos exposure incidents in academies, including:
Krishnendu Mukherjee told us of the film Breathless -the fight against global asbestos industry
New documentary Breathless focuses on asbestos industry in developing countries – Film comes at a crucial time for the asbestos industry, as it looks further afield in order to manufacture its deadly products
This left time for questions and the meeting was closed.
We said our goodbyes to those that had trains to catch while others walked to the pub and finished the day with a chat in the sun and noise of London.
It had been a good day and a good meeting.