The International Trade Union Confederation has called for global action to stop the trade of chrysotile asbestos, which is still being exported internationally, particularly in developing countries.
In a statement the ITUC said the first step should be adding chrysotile to the list of substances under the Rotterdam convention on trade in hazardous substances.
The next Rotterdam Convention conference in Geneva starts on 24 April and many governments and trade unions will be using the opportunity to push for the listing.
Currently a small group of countries including Russia which is an exporter of chrysotile, have been blocking its inclusion on the list.
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