The Midlands TUC took the Dying to Work campaign to Brussels in October and received the support of Labour MEP’s.
The Dying to Work campaign aim would like to see terminal illness recognised as a ‘protected characteristic’ so that an employee with a terminal illness would enjoy a ‘protected period’ where they could not be dismissed as a result of their condition.
Such protection would give every person battling terminal conditions the choice of how to spend their final months and the peace of mind to know their job was protected and the future
financial security of their family was guaranteed.
Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s leader in Europe, said:
“I was appalled to hear that a constituent of mine was threatened with dismissal when she told her employer that she had a terminal illness. What sort of society do we live in when employers treat their staff in this manner? “Labour MEPs are committed to taking EU action to support employees with a terminal illness. We want to ensure that employees with a terminal illness are treated with dignity and respect. This surely isn’t too much to ask?”
Lee Barron, Regional Secretary for the Midlands TUC, said:
“Some people are surprised to hear that someone with a terminal illness would want to work, but many people don’t have a choice, they still have to provide for their families and pay the bills.”
“Labour MEPs raising this issue at a European level is a great achievement. The TUC are committed to extending the protection of terminally ill employees in the UK.”
Richard Oliver, GMB Political Officer for the East Midlands, said:
“I am delighted that we were able to raise this issue again at the European Parliament. Getting support from MEPs from across Europe really strengthens our campaign.