Dudley Council is the latest employer to join the GMB backed ‘Dying to Work’ campaign.
The charter is inspired by the trauma Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old GMB member, who was forced out of her job as sales manager after being diagnosed with fatal breast cancer.
Her shocking experience helped push the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign, which seeks greater security for terminally ill workers through a ‘protected period’ where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.
Dudley Council signed up to the charter at 2.30pm on March 22.
Cllr Pete Lowe, Leader of Dudley Council, said:
“We’re incredibly proud to be signing up to the Dying to Work voluntary charter.
"It is a commitment to those employees living with a terminal illness and will give the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can choose what is best for them.
“We hope this will inspire other employers in the region to follow our lead and sign up to the Charter.”
Stuart Richards, GMB Senior Organiser, said:
“The TUC’s Dying to Work voluntary charter is about giving employees with a terminal diagnosis some additional support, choice and security.
"It will make a real and positive difference to workers when they need it.”
“I’d like to thank both the council and our activists for making this possible.
"Hopefully, more employees across the West Midlands will follow Dudley’s example.”