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Council commits to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

Published Wednesday, 18 March 2020

This week, Coventry City Council added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work

Councillor John Mutton with representatives from the council and TUC

The Council is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of employers such as Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and the Co-op.

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers where 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 who 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.

TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary Lee Barron, said: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.

“I’m delighted that Coventry City Council has shown real leadership in this area, 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.”

Councillor John Mutton, Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance and Resources at Coventry City Council, said: “People with a terminal illness will naturally face emotional stress, fear and trauma. 

“Those at work should have the choice of whether they choose to continue to work or not, and they should expect help and support from their employer.

“At the Council we fully support the work of the TUC and partners to try to remove any additional stress in these difficult circumstances and pledge to support the ‘Dying to Work’ campaign and to sign up to the Charter.

“We will also actively work to encourage more businesses across our city to sign it and make positive changes so that those living with a terminal illness receive the respect and support they deserve.”

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