Vital employment protection needed for terminally ill workers, says Angela


ANGELA Rayner MP is backing the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign to protect terminally ill workers.

The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne attended a cross-party event in Parliament to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally ill workers.

Dying to Work was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

Angela said: “People who are battling a terminal illness deserve security of employment for as long as possible. They need support and understanding instead of being subject to stressful HR procedures and the risk of losing work.

"In such unique circumstances, I expect every employer to act with compassion and empathy and to try to make life a little easier for people who are terminally ill.

"If they lose their job, they lose all security and their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a life-time of hard work.”

In addition to support from across the political spectrum, the campaign has also been endorsed by a number of trade unions and charities, including Breast Cancer Care and Second Hope.

The energy company, E.On have become the first in Britain to sign the 'Dying to Work' voluntary charter to provide support to their employees and the campaign.

Angela added: “I am proud to back the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign and why I will be encouraging businesses in my constituency to sign up to the TUC’s voluntary charter to help ensure that the current law is changed.

“Worrying about your job should be the least of your concerns when you receive a terminal diagnosis.

“Hopefully now more employers will now follow E.ON’s lead by signing the Dying to Work Charter and we will see further action in Parliament to deliver this vital employment protection for terminally ill workers.”

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