Miners await injury compensation update

Miners in south Wales are waiting for an announcement that could decide whether they receive injury compensation for a work-related knee condition.

The progress on the miners’ battle for compensation for osteoarthritis of the knee will be announced on Wednesday next week in Ammanford, the South Wales Evening Post reports.

A meeting will be hosted by the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers at Betwys Rugby Club in the town in order to keep the workers updated on their case.

Bleddyn Hancock, general secretary of the union, told the paper that the government is "dragging the issue through the courts" to avoid paying out.

"We will be reporting on our legal action to try to secure compensation for miners crippled with osteoarthritis of the knee," he commented.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, with an estimated 8.5 million people affected by the condition according to NHS figures.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19312013-ADNFCR

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