I recommitted this week to the TUC Dying to Work charter that is designed to support and protect employees who become terminally ill.
The voluntary charter already protects over half a million employees since its launch in April 2016, with companies such as Legal and General, Santander, Co-Op, Carillion, Rolls Royce and the Royal Mail signing up.
They follow a number of public sector bodies including NHS trusts, police authorities and many local authorities, including ours here in Liverpool – whose signing ceremony I joined in December last year.
The Dying to Work campaign was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The campaign is calling for a change in the law to prevent the same thing happening to other working people.
It is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs that their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a life-time of hard work.
I have signed the TUC Dying to Work charter to protect my employees and I will be encouraging businesses in my constituency to follow suit and sign up.
The Dying to Work campaign wants to see all employers comply with the letter and the spirit of the law, so that people who are terminally ill have a ‘protected period’ where they cannot be dismissed because of their condition.
The growing support for the campaign was demonstrated in a recent Survation poll of over a thousand people which found that 79 per cent of respondents support a ‘protected period’ for terminally ill workers, with only 3 per cent opposing it.