Our thanks to all of the organisations below who have signed the voluntary charter that sets out an agreed way in which their employees will be supported, protected and guided throughout their employment, following a terminal diagnosis.
Thank you to Measham-based AB Produce who signed the charter on the 18th April 2016 providing protection for their 150 employees. They are suppliers of a bespoke range of potatoes and prepared vegetables for the Wholesale, Retail, Processing, Catering and Food Service supply chain, distributed nationwide with their own temperature-controlled fleet.
Produce general manager Steve Rochelle said:
“As soon as I heard of Jacci’s case story I was horrified there were still employers who would act in this manner and that employees had such little protection. For us it’s about doing the right thing and ensuring our friends and colleagues are treated accordingly. We’re pleased to be supporting our union, the GMB, and the TUC. I encourage other businesses to support this voluntary charter.”
BDA – The Association of UK Dietitians
Andy Burman, CEO and General Secretary, British Dietetic Association said:
“The BDA is pleased to be able to sign up to the TUC’s Charter for helping terminally ill workers. This campaign is extremely important and something that we have experienced first-hand at the BDA. No person should have the additional worry of losing their job when they are living with a terminal illness.”
Birmingham City Council
Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council said:
“No one living with a terminal illness should have to deal with the additional worry of losing their job as a result of their condition, so by signing the Dying to Work charter we are able to offer council employees the extra peace of mind that comes with knowing their job is protected. I call on other employers across the city to do the same.”
Thank you to Carillion who have signed the charter on the 19th September 2016 providing protection for their 46,000 employees. They are a leading international integrated support services business who operate in the UK, Canada and Middle East.
Andy Joy, Managing Director, Carillion Rail, said:
“Carillion Rail is delighted to sign this charter which reflects one of Carillion’s core values, ‘we care’, and demonstrates our commitment to treating our workforce fairly and with respect.”
Central College Nottingham
Thank you to Central College Nottingham who signed the charter on the 29th June 2016 providing protection for their 854 employees, the first college in the country to do so. They provide a comprehensive range of further and higher education courses and training opportunities for business and industry.
Debbie Duggan, Central College Vice Principal said:
“Central College has a history of supporting employees who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and their families. We recognise how important is it to provide security of work and peace of mind to our employees and to work with them to agree working arrangements which are both manageable and beneficial. We are pleased to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter and we hope more employers do so.”
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Thank you to the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust who signed the charter on the 10th February 2017 providing protection for their 4,500 employees.
Tracy Allen, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive said:
“This charter is very important to us as a caring organisation. Patient care is at the heart of our purpose and our staff were recently rated excellent by the Care Quality Commission for their caring. As an organisation we must look after the people who do that exceptional caring for others.”
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of Dudley Council, said:
“Council workers are the driving force of this authority and as a community council we are committed to supporting them in good times and bad. We have signed up to the ‘Dying to Work’ charter as a pledge to our employees and we hope that other organisations and businesses will come forward to do the same.”
A huge thank you to E.ON who were the first company who signed our charter on the 18th April 2016, providing protection for their 10,000 employees. They are one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies – generating electricity, and retailing power and gas. They’re part of the E.ON group, one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies.
Dave Newborough, HR Director at E.ON, said:
“It’s been really inspiring to be at Parliament to support the Dying to Work campaign with the TUC. Supporting our colleagues through difficult times has always been hugely important to E.ON. For us it’s about doing the right thing. By signing this charter, we’re formalising our commitment to helping colleagues who are diagnosed with a terminal illness and of course, their families. We’d welcome other companies joining us in supporting this worthy cause.”
Gedling Borough Council
Cllr John Clarke, Leader of Gedling Borough Council, said:
“When a family are dealing with a terminal illness, the last thing they need is to worry about their job. This charter supports our ethos as employers that our staff are the backbone of the council and it will give them some comfort that we will do what we can to help them if anything happens.”
Harrow Council London
Thank you to Harrow Council London who signed the charter on the 23rd August 2016 providing protection for their 5,800 employees working at the local authority and in schools across the London borough of north-west London.
Cllr Sachin Shah, Leader of Harrow Council, said:
“I am proud that Harrow is the first London borough to sign this charter to protect terminally ill employees. The last thing they need is additional stress and worry about their jobs on top of what is already a challenging time. We are committed to support terminally ill employees following diagnosis and will make sure they are given peace of mind and dignity.”
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Thank you to Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for signing the charter and providing protection for their 350 employees. They are the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having begun operations in 1830.
Ethel Docherty, Human Resources Manager Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited, said:
“The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is supporting the Dying to Work Campaign in the hope to encourage other companies to recognise the importance of providing security for those individuals and their families who are suffering with terminal illness. The campaign is to ensure those enduring an incurable condition will benefit in the knowledge they are being looked after by their employer.”
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Karen Partington, Chief Executive, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter and to show our continuing commitment to supporting employees who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. We recognise the difficult challenges this diagnosis brings and signing this Charter will ensure that our employees are supported, with care and compassion, in the decisions they make regarding work.”
Legal & General
Thank you to Legal & General who have signed the charter on the 8th September 2016 providing protection for their 7,000 employees. Their business is divided into six segments, which are focussed on delivering protection, retirement, solutions, savings and investment management to their customers.
Legal & General HR Director, Alexandra Clayton, said:
“As a leading life insurer, health is a big part of Legal & General’s business and we are committed to lead by example with the help, support and benefits we offer our colleagues particularly at very uncertain times and when they need it the most.”
Leicester City Council
City Mayor, Peter Soulsby said:
“It’s very important that employees who find themselves in this position know that they can rely on the support of their employer. If you’ve just received devastating news about your health, the last thing you want to have to worry about is your rights at work.”
Leicestershire County Council
Cllr Nicholas Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, said:
“We are committed to supporting our staff during the most difficult of times. Signing this charter is an important way of showing this commitment.”
Liverpool City Council
Deputy Mayor Ann O’Byrne said:
“Liverpool City Council supports this campaign because our councillors felt strongly that when employees are faced with extremely difficult circumstances, the last thing they should have to face is whether their employer is going to treat them unfairly. As an employer and with our trade unions, we want to make a commitment to treating our staff with respect and dignity in a supportive work environment.”
London Borough of Islington Council
Islington Council’s executive member for finance and performance, Cllr Andy Hull, said:
“I’m proud to be signing Islington Council up to the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work Voluntary Charter’. It’s only right we do our best to support and protect terminally ill colleagues – striving to add to their peace of mind and not to their stress and trouble. We’re committed to making Islington a fairer place. Agreeing to and abiding by these principles will help make the council a better place to work.”
Mansfield District Council
Mansfield’s Executive Mayor Kate Allsop said:
“As a progressive employer, which strongly believes in treating its employees with due care and consideration when any kind of illness strikes, the council is happy to support this charter and we hope that other local employers will do the same.”
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel Committee:
“At Merseytravel we believe we treat all our employees with dignity and respect throughout their working lives. If we’re committed to doing so at the beginning of someone’s working life, we consider it even more important to do so at the end of it.”
The National Council for Palliative Care
Thank you to the National Council for Palliative Care who signed the charter on the 12th December 2016 providing protection for all their employees. The NCPC are an umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Claire Henry MBE, Chief Executive at The National Council for Palliative Care said:
“This is such a great initiative on an important topic. It complements our Compassionate Employers programme, and together we can make sure that talking about and understanding death, dying and bereavement is part of the workplace.”
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council Cllr Ali Thomas OBE said:
“Receiving a terminal diagnosis is an extremely difficult and distressing event for any individual and their loved ones. This charter outlines a clear pathway of support for the employees of organisations that sign up to it and I am proud that Neath Port Talbot Council is leading the way for employers in Wales.”
Nottingham City Homes
A huge thank you to Nottingham City Homes who signed our charter on the 20th August 2016, providing protection for their 900 employees.
Janet Storar MBE, Chair of the Board, Nottingham City Homes said:
“I welcome the opportunity for Nottingham City Homes to sign up to this charter – we pride ourselves on being a good employer and valuing our staff, and initiatives such as this underline that commitment.”
Nottinghamshire County Council
Thank you to Nottinghamshire County Council who signed the charter on the 17th August 2016 providing protection for their 7,500 employees. They are the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Nottinghamshire in England.
Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, Councillor Alan Rhodes, said:
“Nottinghamshire County Council is pleased to be signing the Dying to Work charter. We are committed to treating all our employees fairly and with dignity. This is particularly important for those facing the difficult challenges a diagnosis of terminal illness brings. We are working closely with our recognised trades unions locally to build on our existing approach and to translate the principles of the charter into practical management guidance and support for employees. This will ensure that their personal choices regarding work are recognised and respected at this difficult time.”
Thank you to Pellacraft who became the first Nottinghamshire company to sign the charter on the 14th September 2016 providing protection for their 25 employees.
Nicola Pella, Director at Pellacraft said:
“One of our core values is putting people first. Pellacraft was founded on our ability to put our clients first and we feel treating our employees is just as important and keeps in line with our aim to promote worker’s rights and social justice thus upholding our core values.”
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Jose Fernandez, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Pennine Care, said:
“Pennine Care already supports staff who are terminally ill with care and compassion, but it is not explicitly outlined in a policy. By signing up to the charter, our staff can be sure that the Trust would provide them with proper protection and support if they were diagnosed with a terminal illness. It allows them to have peace of mind knowing their job is protected and the future financial security of their family is guaranteed.”
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Thank you to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council who signed the charter on the 15th June 2016 providing protection for their 10,227 employees. They are a local authority created in 1974 to administer the newly formed Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, in the West Midlands county of England. The council offices are located at the Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury town centre, which opened in 1989.
Sandwell Council Leader, Councillor Steve Eling, said:
“We recognise that employees with terminal illnesses require support and understanding, and not the additional stress and worry about possibly losing their job. We will set out to support terminally-ill employees following their diagnosis and to recognise that safe and reasonable work can maintain dignity and offer a valuable distraction. Sandwell Council has a long history of supporting employees diagnosed with terminal illness, but has never previously backed-up this stance by having a formal council rule on this matter.”
Santander Employee Relations, Policy & Change Director, Barbara Hobday, said:
“Supporting colleagues through terminal illness is something we take very seriously at Santander and we fully endorse the TUC’s initiative to ensure protection and peace of mind at this most difficult time. We are proud to be the first Bank in the UK to sign up to the TUC’s Charter.”
David Cadger, HR Director Employee Relations, Serco said:
“I am very pleased to be signing the TUC Dying to Work Charter on behalf of Serco. The charter is a public declaration of our continued commitment to supporting terminally ill employees, and is strongly aligned to our ‘Care’ value – meaning that we take care of each other, and aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives. We recognise that offering the right support, security and dignity through work can make a huge difference to the individual and their family, providing valuable peace of mind. We would encourage other employers to show their commitment to this important issue by signing up to the charter.”
Sheffield City Council
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:
“We want to do the best for our employees and support them where ever we can. By signing the Charter we’re making a public statement that our workers will not have to go through the extra stress and worry about possibly losing their job if they’re suffering from a terminal illness.”
Darren Tidmarsh, Executive Director of Human Resources, The Sheffield College, said:
“The Sheffield College is proud to sign the voluntary charter, which reflects both our commitment to respecting and supporting colleagues at a very difficult time in their lives and our values of integrity and inclusiveness.”
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Thank you to the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who signed the charter on the 21st February 2017 providing protection for their 4,538 employees.
Peter Herring, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust Chief Executive said:
“We are completely committed to supporting our staff through such difficult times. I am proud that we are signing the charter to promote our continued commitment and pledge our support.”
South Lanarkshire Council
Thank you to South Lanarkshire Council who become the first employer in Scotland to sign the charter on the 28th November 2016 providing protection for all their 14,863 employees.
Chair of the Finance and Corporate Resources Committee, Councillor Gerry Convery, said:
“We want to ensure that any employee diagnosed with a terminal illness knows they will have our full support. Signing the charter is a demonstration of our commitment to helping employees who receive this devastating news. I hope it gives anyone who finds themselves in this situation a degree of comfort, knowing that they can focus on the other challenges facing them without having the unnecessary stress and worry about their job. Hopefully other employers across Scotland will follow our lead and sign up to the charter as there can really be no excuses for not doing so.”
Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust
Iain McInnes, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust Interim Chief Executive, said:
“The Trust recognises that staff members with terminal illnesses need support and understanding, especially when it comes to removing or reducing any stress and worry about their job. We are delighted to support this initiative.”
Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Becci Bryant, Chief Fire Officer, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, said:
“We are really pleased to sign-up to this Charter which strengthens our strong focus on employee welfare and wellbeing. Our employees are the heart of the Service and they can be assured that should they be unfortunate enough to experience a terminal illness we will do everything we can to support them and empower them to spend their remaining time as they wish.”
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Thank you to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council who signed the charter on the 30th January 2017 providing protection for their 2,072 employees.
Councillor Kieran Quinn, Executive Leader of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, said:
“I am delighted that Tameside is the first Greater Manchester Authority to sign up to this voluntary charter. When we debated this matter at the Council meeting we heard many moving personal stories that illustrated why it was so important that we join the TUC’s campaign. Tameside has always endeavored to be a considerate, compassionate employer and it was only logical that we add our name to the growing list of the dying to work campaign’s supporters.”
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Thank you to Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust who signed the charter on the 6th January 2017 providing protection for their 4,507 employees.
Richard Kirby, Chief Executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said:
“This is a formal commitment to support colleagues who find themselves in a vulnerable position towards the end of their lives. We can become so focused on patient care that we run the risk of overlooking our own staff, however by signing this charter, we are promising to treat these individuals fairly and respect their needs. There is no question that this is the right thing to do!”
West Midland Fire and Rescue Service
Thank you to West Midland Fire and Rescue Service who signed the charter on the 25th April 2017 providing protection for their 2,011 employees.
Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, said:
“West Midlands Fire Authority is determined to be the best employer we can, even in difficult financial times. We are happy and proud to sign up and give our commitment to the campaign.”
Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach said:
“Each case is clearly very individual, so we provide flexible and compassionate support. We work closely with any staff member affected to support their decisions and ensure the best outcome for them, their loved ones and the organisation.”