We have signed up to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

We have added our name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.

We are the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, which protects rights at work for people facing a terminal illness.

What is the Charter? 

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign. The campaign is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers so that 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. Jacci was forced out of her job 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.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of the Council said:

“We are proud to support the Dying to Work campaign. We want all our employees to know that they will receive our full support should they ever find themselves in this terrible situation.”

Lee Barron, TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary said:  

“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis. I’m delighted that Kirklees Council have shown real leadership in this area. They are working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers. We now have a million workers being covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”

Jacqui Gedman, Chief Executive of Kirklees Council said:

‘We are extremely proud of our Kirklees values. One of our key values is kindness and this underpins everything that we do. Signing up to the Dying to Work Charter lets staff know that if they do receive devastating news of a terminal illness, we will be right there to support them.’