Council to sign up to TUC's Dying to Work charter

Posted on Monday 15th April 2019
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A commitment to support employees with a terminal illness is being declared by Newport City Council by backing the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign.

Council leader, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, made the pledge on behalf of the council at the cabinet meeting this month.

The TUC is calling for employers across the UK to sign their charter and agree not to dismiss any employee diagnosed with a terminal condition.

In order to meet the requirements of the Charter the council will be committing itself to several actions.

These include reviewing its sick pay and sickness absence policy to include a specific statement that no employee with a terminal diagnosis will be dismissed because of their condition. 

Procedures will also be put in place to create an employee assistance programme which will aim to provide support to any employee and allow access to counselling and financial advice.

By signing the Charter Newport City Council is also agreeing to provide training to line managers and human resources staff so plans can be put in place so any employee with a diagnosis of a terminal illness can have adaptations to their work arrangements as and when required.

A formal public signing ceremony where representatives from the council and the TUC sign the Dying to Work Charter will be arranged in the coming weeks.

Newport City Council’s details will then be added to the campaign website alongside those of other Welsh local authorities including Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot.

Councillor Wilcox said: “By signing the Dying to Work charter we are demonstrating our council’s commitment to supporting employees and their families during very difficult times of need and respecting an employee’s wishes not to be dismissed when diagnosed with a terminal condition.

“At present we do offer employees the chance to have counselling and we are in the process of building a wellbeing hub for staff to access further wellbeing options. However by signing the Charter we are adding to the council’s stance that we are supporting employees with a diagnosis of terminal illness.”

Details of the formal signing will be made nearer the time.

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