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Former coke workers set for millions in compensation payments

Hundreds of former coke workers could be in for millions of pounds in compensation payments after a judgement in the High Court.

Earlier in the year, coke workers at the former Phurnacite plant in the Cynon Valley won a ruling that said exposure to toxic fumes and dust could have caused the lung and respiratory diseases they now have.

General secretary of the NACODS union said that the consequences of the decision mean that hundreds of former coke workers and their families could be compensated for cancer and chronic chest diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis that they have suffered.

NACODS is now organising public meetings for the coming weeks in Newport, Caerphilly and Ebbw Vale to advise workers on the action they can take.

“The extremely high temperatures that the coal is baked at make coke give off extremely dangerous chemicals and dust,” a spokesperson from the union said.

The union has already helped Gwent miners win as much as £88million in compensation to those who developed chest diseases from working in pits.

A member of Thorneycroft Solicitors said, “We’ve seen a number of these cases in the past few years where workers have gone on to successfully claim compensation for their illnesses.”

“If anyone has recently suffered a similar problem, we are more than happy to offer our specialist compensation advice. Please call us on 0800 1979 345.”