The nation’s leading union body has signalled its intention to fight any attempt by James Hardie to avoid meeting an expected shortfall in funds available to compensate victims of asbestos diseases, according to media reports.

A report in The Australian has quoted ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver as saying unions were ready to repeat their campaign of 2004 should James Hardie Industries refuse to shift from its current position that it was not liable to meet any shortfall in funding on the part of the Asbestos…