In a court ruling on Friday the 15th of May, former Gove refinery worker Zorko Zabic, currently dying from asbestos poisoning, won his compensation case and was awarded $425,000 from Rio Tinto after originally being denied compensation due to a legal technicality.
Rio Tinto immediately launched a legal challenge attempting to stop workers making common law claims for asbestos and restrict them to the Territory’s inadequate workers’ compensation system, which denies justice to asbestos victims due to the long gestation period of the illness.
It is a bare-faced attempt to prevent asbestos victims making successful future compensation claims.
Rio Tinto must drop its High Court challenge in an asbestos compensation case in the Northern Territory, in which the mining giant is seeking to limit future claims from victims.
To the Directors of Rio Tinto: immediately drop your cynical challenge to the court ruling and accept the rights of asbestos victims to pursue compensation claims properly.