The press release below was published on the of Marie Curie website on the is reproduced with kind permission.
This week, Neath Port Talbot Council became the first organisation in Wales to formally sign a voluntary charter which aims to secure the rights of workers diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Led by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) the ‘Dying to Work’ campaign is asking organisations to sign a charter which sets out an agreed process to support, protect and guide employees who have been given a terminal diagnosis.
The charter recognises that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.
Marie Curie has welcomed the authority signing the charter, which aims to give terminally ill workers security over the support they will receive following their diagnosis and recognises that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.
Under the Charter employees will have the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through a challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.
Supporting the campaign also aims to ensure that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.
Neath Port Talbot is the first organisation based in Wales to sign the charter, following many UK-wide trade unions, several private companies such as E.on and a number of councils in England and Scotland.
Simon Jones, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, which provides expert care and support to those living with a terminal illness and their families, said: “Many people will find out they are terminally ill.
“The impact on them and their loved ones is obviously huge. Anything that can be done to reduce the fear and worry people will inevitably feel in these circumstances must be hugely welcomed. Congratulations and well done to Neath Port Talbot council for leading the way in Wales.”