Vale council moves to protect employees with terminal illnesses
The Vale of Glamorgan Council, along with representatives from the TUC (Wales) and local trade unions, have signed the "Dying to Work" Charter, which reaffirms the support, protection and guidance available to staff following a terminal diagnosis.
The TUC's Dying to Work campaign aims to encourage all UK organisations to offer further employment protection and recognise terminal illness as a "protected characteristic".
The Charter recognises that terminal illness requires support and understanding as well as a means to lessen stress and worry for staff.
By signing, the Vale Council has formally acknowledged its continued commitment to protect staff diagnosed, and ensure that they can expect a ‘protected period’ where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.
How will the Vale Council support their staff?
- Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that the Council will support them following their diagnosis and they recognise that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic.
- The Council will provide employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and for their families, which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.
- By signing the Charter, the Council demonstrates their support to 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.
Rob Thomas, Managing Director of the Council, attended the signing event to put the Vale's support behind the campaign, and said:
"By offering this support, the Council wants to give every person battling terminal conditions the choice of how to spend their final months, and the peace of mind to know their job and death in service benefits are protected.
"By signing the Charter, and backing the Dying to Work campaign, we are also encouraging other employers to join the campaign for the removal of barriers and provision of support, guidance and peace of mind for workers experiencing and battling illness.
"Every person battling terminal conditions deserves the choice of how to spend their final months, which is why our organisation has signed the Charter.”