Correspondence with Paul Cooper of Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) York. Includes an autopsy report and other medical information. Among topics covered are issues with York pathologists and coroners, and concerns over exposure to asbestos of British Rail passengers. Also a little correspondence re foundation of the York Asbestos Support Group in 2006. Papers include testimony by former British Rail coach builders and asbestos sprayers, and photocopies of confidential J W Roberts Ltd communications re fibre levels produced by the 'Limpet' asbestos cement spray process, 1962.
Paul Cooper long campaigned on behalf of former carriageworks employees who suffered from asbestos-related illnesses. He retired as secretary of the TGWU York branch c. 2010.
correspondence chiefly with John Todd re how he and his fellow laggers are affected by asbestos and re his awareness raising campaign; also with the TGWU, health and safety experts, the media
correspondence with Margaret Bain (MP East Dunbartonshire) and John Healey (of Leven, Fife)
photocopies of John Todd's correspondence with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the environmental health department of the city of Glasgow, the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), various newspapers, and the TGWU
Correspondence (mainly with the GMB health & environment section and regional health workers of the union), enquiries, press releases, research articles. Includes
copy of report of Tom Cox, UK Socialist Group (1998) ‘Dangers of asbestos for workers and the environment’, accepted by the Parliamentary Assembly in the Council of Europe; also set of amendments to the report
papers re cases of asbestos-related lung cancer in Northern Ireland
correspondence re John McClean (GMB Regional Health and Safety Officer) joining the OEDA Management Committee in 1995
From the mid-1970s, Nancy Tait maintained very active contacts with a number of trade unions, discussing health & safety matters, news and developments. The resulting body of correspondence mostly accumulated by name of union.