UNISON signs TUC’s Dying to Work charter

Charter aims to provide terminally-ill workers with greater security and peace of mind

UNISON has signed the TUC’s Dying to Work charter on behalf of its 1,200 employees. The charter aims to protect the rights of individuals at work with a terminal illness.

The charter was signed this week by general secretary Dave Prentis, chief operating officer Emilie Oldknow, chair of staffing Maureen Le Marinel, trade union side secretary Keith Libetta and TUC regional secretary Sam Gurney (pictured above).

UNISON director of HR and staff learning and development, Alan Farmer, said: “UNISON is proud to be signing the Dying to Work Charter alongside our trade unions on behalf of our 1,200 employees.

“Every person battling terminal conditions deserves the choice of how to spend their final months. When staff are faced with such a tough diagnosis, we are committed to ensuring that they are treated with respect in a supportive work environment.

“We also recognise that, if staff want to continue working, safe and reasonable work can maintain dignity and offer a therapeutic distraction.” 

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.

It was taken forward by the TUC after the case of an area sales manager from Derbyshire, Jacci Woodcook, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The Dying to Work campaign works to providing terminally ill employees with greater job and financial security and peace of mind. 

The TUC now has close to a million workers covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country and will continue to campaign for more employers to commit to the charter.

You can see if your employer has signed by visiting www.dyingtowork.co.uk/whos-signed/. If they haven’t, you should encourage them to do so and involve your union representatives to help. You can follow the five steps to signing the charter here.