Monday, October 18, 2004

Unions dismayed with Hardie's attitude

Australia's peak union body, the ACTU, has expressed concerns that building products company James Hardie is not serious about negotiating compensation for future victims of its asbestos products.

ACTU secretary Greg Combet says he has had no response to a number of documents he has put before James Hardie in a bid to work out a compensation package.

Unions started talks with the company about compensation last month.

Mr Combet says the ACTU will continue to try to negotiate over the next few weeks but may be forced to take other action.

"I'm going to keep putting my best effort in to try to get a negotiated settlement to this but if it's not forthcoming clearly the ACTU and the New South Wales Government and the victims' groups are going to be thinking about an alternative course of action," he said.

"I am concerned at the moment that James Hardie need to place a lot greater effort to resolve this issue."

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