Hovis

Hovis

Thank you to Hovis who signed the charter on 28th November 2019 providing protection for their 2,700 employees.

HR Director, Pete Hill, said:
“For those who are given a terminal diagnosis, it is important that they can focus on themselves and their families without the stress of needing to worry about their employment. This is a practice that we have naturally adopted, so I did not hesitate in agreeing to sign the charter when asked to do so by our four unions, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU), Unite the Union, United Road Transport Union (URTU) and Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW).”

UNISON

Thank you to UNISON who signed the charter on 24th October 2019 providing protection for their 1,200 employees.

Director of HR and Staff Learning and Development, Alan Farmer, said:
“UNISON is proud to be signing the Dying to Work Charter alongside our trade unions on behalf of our 1200 employees. Every person battling terminal conditions deserves the choice of how to spend their final months. When staff are faced with such tough diagnosis, we are committed to ensuring that they are treated with respect in a supportive work environment. We also recognise that if staff want to continue working, safe and reasonable work can maintain dignity and offer a therapeutic distraction.”

Bridgend College

Thank you to Bridgend College who signed the charter on 4th October 2019 providing protection for their 690 employees.

Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgend College, Simon Pirotte, said:
“When people are at their most vulnerable they need employers to step up, not step away.”

Gloucestershire County Council

Thank you to Gloucestershire County Council who signed the charter on 27th September 2019 providing protection for their 3,836 employees.

Cabinet member for finance and change, Cllr Lynden Stowe, said:
“We are pleased to show our support for the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter today, particularly as it coincides with Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which helps people living with cancer. It’s important that employees who are diagnosed with a terminal illness know they will be supported and not face any additional stress. We hope that by signing this charter we will provide any employees and their families going through this ordeal with security and peace of mind.” Deputy leader of the Labour group at the county council, Cllr Kate Haigh, said: “The county council already has procedures in place to support staff and their loved ones when facing a terminal diagnosis but it’s important to place this support on record and set an example to others. I’m pleased the charter has been signed today to help people living in these difficult circumstances and I hope other employers do the same.”

Welsh Ambulance Service

Thank you to Welsh Ambulance Service who signed the charter on 23rd September 2019 providing protection for their 3,500 employees.

Director of Workforce and OD at the Welsh Ambulance Service, Claire Vaughan, said:
“By signing this charter today, with our trade union colleagues, clearly demonstrates our commitment to care for our people, especially during difficult times.”

Bridgend County Borough Council

Thank you to Bridgend County Borough Council who signed the charter on 19th September 2019 providing protection for their 3,000 employees.

Chief Executive of Bridgend County Borough Council, Mark Shephard, said:
“As a responsible employer, it makes perfect sense to want to support staff who might find themselves in such a situation, and to help them at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. “Bridgend County Borough Council fully supports the principles and aims of the Dying To Work charter, and I am delighted that the authority has become one of the many organisations to have signed it.”

Health Education and Improvement Wales

Thank you to Health Education and Improvement Wales who signed the charter on 19th September 2019 providing protection for their 400 employees.

CEO of HEIW, Alex Howells, said:
“I am pleased that HEIW is one of the first Health organisations to sign the Dying to Work Charter in Wales which will offer protection to staff with terminal illnesses.”

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Thank you to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board who signed the charter on 19th September 2019 providing protection for their 14,500 employees.

Director of Workforce & OD, Martin Driscoll, said:
“Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is a time of huge emotional stress, fear and uncertainty. We want our staff to be secure in the knowledge that if they do find themselves in that position, we will do all we can to support them. We recognise that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and in itself be therapeutic, and will provide employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families. Ensuring that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind will help to remove unnecessary stress and uncertainty at an already difficult time.”

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Thank you to NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership who signed the charter on 19th September 2019 providing protection for their 2,239 employees.

Managing Director of NWSSP, Neil Frow, said:
“We are delighted to sign this charter in partnership with our Trade Union Partners and colleagues, as a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to our employees. By signing the charter it demonstrates our commitment to support and protect the rights of our employees who become terminally unwell. We are extremely proud as an organisation of our employees and aim to support the wellbeing of each and every employee, especially during a time when they are most vulnerable.”