Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, has joined with the Trades Union Congress (TUC), to demand better protections for workers with terminal illnesses and encourage other employers to sign up.
Alex met with the TUC this week to sign the ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter – which now protects over half a million employees. The campaign was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcock, a sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job following a terminal breast cancer diagnosis. The ‘Dying to Work’ campaign is calling for changes in the law to ensure workers with terminal illnesses are protected from instant dismissal.
It’s appalling to think that if someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they could be forced out of their jobs – adding stress and worry about their financial situation on top of their health concerns. That’s why I proud to be supporting the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ charter to protect employees, and encourage other businesses in Stockton North to follow suit.
I also hope the Government will take note of the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ Charter, and do something to ensure that every individual with terminal illness will receive the protection and support they deserve.
Companies such as Santander, Co-op, Carillion, Rolls Royce and E-On are already signed up to the ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter, as are many local and police authorities.