On 28 November, a Belgian court sentenced Eternit to pay 250,000 euros in compensation to the family of an environmental victim of asbestos. The court ruled that Eternit was at fault by continuing to use asbestos and minimising the dangers it posed, even though it was known that it could cause serious illnesses. This is a landmark case in Belgium, where the few victims to have brought cases so far had always lost. ‘This ruling puts a stop to the impunity that Eternit has enjoyed in Belgium for too long. Thanks to a courageous fight by one family, we have finally secured recognition for the heavy price paid in general indifference by thousands of Belgian workers’, was the reaction from Laurent Vogel, director of the ETUI’s Working Conditions department.

Sources: Belga, ETUI