Powys Council signs TUC's Dying to Work Charter

Photo of the signing of Dying to Work Charter

22 January 2020

Photo of the signing of Dying to Work CharterPowys County Council has signed up to the TUC's Charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.

The Dying to Work campaign is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers and offers them additional employment protections when they need them the most. The campaign 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 after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

The Dying to Work Charter now covers over a million workers including staff at well-known employers such as Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and Lloyds Bank.

Wales TUC's Dying to Work Lead Gareth Hathway said: "Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis. It's fantastic to see trade unions and employers working in partnership to protect the employees at Powys County Council. The charter will be a great comfort to those who need it and their families."

Signing the charter on behalf of Powys County Council, Leader Cllr Rosemarie Harris, said: "The wellbeing of our staff is paramount and we are delighted to be signing this charter in partnership with our trade unions. To further this work, we will also be reviewing our policies and providing additional guidance to staff in due course. "

Marie McDonald, Regional Organiser for GMB said: "It's great that Powys County Council have seen the benefits of this policy and have responded in the positive manner you'd expect all good employers to do so.

"For over 150 years GMB has been at the heart of fighting for a fairer world, and alongside our sister unions we're really pleased that we've convinced Powys Council that the charter is the way forward as a responsible employer.

"This news gives all staff security of knowing if some of their worst fears are realised, they have peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through the challenging period with dignity."

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