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Prospects commit to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

21 September 2018

Prospects commit to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

Charter protects rights at work for those facing a terminal illness.

Campaign began in 2016 following Derbyshire sales manager losing her job after cancer diagnosis.

Prospects, the employment, skills, care and education company, has today (Thursday, 20 September) added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.

The company is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of employers such as Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and Lloyds Banking Group.

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.

Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job three years ago after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.

Nick Bell, CEO of Prospects said:

“The Dying to Work charter formalises our practise when a colleague informs us of a terminal illness diagnosis. We start by listening to the employee as they go through such a difficult time.

“They determine the next steps and we respect their wishes. The charter has inspired us to invest in additional training for our HR specialists and managers so they can provide sensitive support to members of their team if it should be required”

TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, said:

“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.

“I’m delighted that Prospects have shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.

“Three-quarters of a million workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”

Ashley Harper, UNISON Regional Organiser said: 

“I am really pleased that Prospects have committed to the Charter as this will give a clear signal to any workers facing such difficult circumstances that they can rely on Prospects to support them in their time of need. I hope that it will also send a signal to other employers that they too should commit to the Charter and do the right thing by their staff.”

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