Council bosses have today signed a voluntary charter pledging to support and protect employees facing terminal illnesses.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has set up the ‘Dying to Work’ charter, which encourages employers to provide terminally ill staff with greater assistance.
By signing up to the code, Dudley Council has promised to give employees the choice of how to spend their final months, be it at work or home, as well as peace of mind to know their job and future financial security of their family is protected.
It is hoped the charter will eventually result in a change to employment law whereby terminal illness would be recognised as an additional protected characteristic.
Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of Dudley Council, said:
“Council workers are the driving force of this authority and as a community council we are committed to supporting them in good times and bad.
“We have signed up to the ‘Dying to Work’ charter as a pledge to our employees and we hope that other organisations and businesses will come forward to do the same.”
Under the charter, any council employee who has been diagnosed with terminal illness will receive death in service benefits for their chosen beneficiaries provided they are a member of the Teacher’s, NHS or Local Government Pension Scheme.
People can find out more about the charter at www.dyingtowork.co.uk/voluntary-charter
Pictured: Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of the council, with Rob Johnston from the TUC with (back l-r) Dave Allchurch, NASUWT, Craig Bate, UCATT, Gordon Gibbs, GMB, Andrew Maybury, Unison, Danny Millard, Unite, and Lesley JeynesBates, NUT.