JONATHAN ASHWORTH MP speaks up in support of workers with terminal illnesses who often have to fight to keep their jobs
REMEMBER the dead: fight for the living. So goes the motto of Workers’ Memorial Day.
This day is a chance for workers across Britain and the world to stand in solidarity with those killed and injured through work, and to restate our commitment to ensuring such tragedies do not happen again.
In addition to using this day to remember those dying from work, I’d like to use it as an opportunity to stand in support of those Dying to Work — workers with terminal illnesses who are fighting for their right to remain at work throughout their illness.
Rights and safety at work have come far since International Workers’ Memorial Day began to be commemorated so many decades ago.
But the problem of terminally ill workers being mistreated and unfairly dismissed by their employers has remained largely hidden until now.