City of Lincoln Council has pledged its support to the Dying to Work Campaign by signing a charter that will protect the rights of terminally ill employees.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Ric Metcalfe signed the charter this morning along with representatives from GMB, Unite, TUC and Unison. This means that anyone who is diagnosed with a terminal ill disease whilst working for City of Lincoln Council will be able to continue working without being subjected to any additional stress or worry, and their position at work will be protected should they wish to continue working and are able to do so.
Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the Council said:
“We fully support the Dying to Work Campaign and are very happy to apply the principles of this charter to the policies of City of Lincoln Council
“Those who are going such an incredibly difficult time in their lives don’t need any additional worries, and the council prides itself on being an organisation that has the interests of its employees at heart.”
The campaign was started in 2012 by GMB member Jacci Woodcock who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and believed she was being treated badly by her employer. This added to the anxiety that she was already feeling because of her illness, and she set about trying to get the law changed to protect terminally ill employees.
As well as many local authorities, the charter has also attracted the signatures of several national companies such as EON, Santander and Royal Mail. Over 300,000 employees in the UK are now protected because of the campaign.
Any employer wishing to sign up to the charter should get in touch with the TUC by emailing email@example.com.
The Dying to Work charter states the following:
• We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.