Splott Councillor and Leader of the Council, Huw Thomas, talks about the new ‘Dying to Work’ charter

Cardiff Council has become the second local authority in Wales to sign Wales TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ charter.

This voluntary charter for employers sets out commitments which ensure that employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection.

Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas said:

“Cardiff Council is proud to sign the TUC’s Charter which provides a good practice framework to ensure employees diagnosed with a terminal illness receive peace of mind and support with regard to the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families with dignity and respect”.

National Officer for the Wales TUC, Julie Cook said:

“I’m delighted that Cardiff Council and its unions have signed up to the Dying to Work Charter.  Receiving a terminal diagnosis is an extremely difficult and distressing event for any individual and their loved ones. This charter outlines a clear pathway of support for the employees of organisations that sign up, giving them greater piece of mind and ensuring their death in service benefits are protected for the loved ones they leave behind.”

Paul Kemption, Trade Union representative at the Council and resident of Splott said:

“Many people think of someone with a diagnosis of a terminal illness as at imminent risk of demise, but often the process can take months – even years. What Cardiff Council signing the TUC Dying to Work charter means is that they, as an employer, recognise that process and agree to take reasonable steps to facilitate the “ups and downs” of that journey. It was a particular pleasure, as the GMB Cardiff person responsible for setting this up, and as Splottonian myself, to have our local Councillor – Huw Thomas – and leader signing this.”

For more information on the ‘Dying to Work’ Charter please visit: http://www.dyingtowork.co.uk/