- Charter protects rights at work for those facing a terminal illness
- Campaign began in 2016 following Derbyshire sales manager losing her job after cancer diagnosis
Corby Borough Council have today (Monday 13th November) added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.
The Council is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of employers such as Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and the Co-op.
The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.
Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job two and a half years ago after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.
TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, said:
“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.
“I’m delighted that Corby Borough Council have shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.
“Over half a million workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘As a prominent employer within the Borough we hope that by signing up to the Dying to Work Charter we can not only give reassurance to our employees but also encourage and lead the way for other Corby employers to do the same.
‘Becoming ill is already tough enough to cope with, without having to worry about your job too. We are very pleased to be signing up to the Dying to Work Charter and hope that many more companies in Corby will do the same.’
Sally Mortimer, Corby’s Regional Representative for Unite said:
‘It has been a privilege for me to be involved in such a necessary charter, it will be a great relief to my members that Corby Borough Council have signed up to this.
Laura Shaw, Corby’s Branch Secretary for UNISON, said:
“UNISON applauds the council’s decision to sign up to the Dying to Work Charter. Staff will now feel more secure at work and know they will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve if they are diagnosed with a terminal illness. I hope other employers in Northamptonshire will follow the council’s excellent lead.”
- The official signing took place in the Council Chamber, Corby Cube at 11.30am on Monday 13th November.
- Other employers to sign up to the charter include:
- AB Produce, Acivico, Carillion Rail, E-on, Co-op, Legal & General, Mersey Travel, Pellacraft, Royal Mail, Santander, Serco, The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
- Birmingham City Council, Cardiff Council, City of Lincoln Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leeds City Council; Liverpool City Council, London Borough of Harrow Council, London Borough of Islington Council, Mansfield District Council, Neath Port Talbot Council, Northampton Borough Council, North Kesteven District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Tameside Council, Telford and Wrekin Borough Council
- Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust, Pennine Care NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
- British Dietetic Association, GMB, Hospice UK, National Council for Palliative Care, AGE UK Derby and Derbyshire
- Nottingham City Homes, Central College Nottingham, Sheffield College, University of Kent, Scottish Qualifications Authority, National Assembly for Wales
- Derbyshire Police, Northamptonshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
- The TUC Dying to Work Voluntary Charter states:
1. We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.
2. Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that we will support them following their diagnosis and we recognise that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.
3. We will provide our employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.
4. We support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign so that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.
- More information about the Dying to Work campaign can be found at www.dyingtowork.co.uk