Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service commit to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) has now added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.
The Service 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 the Co-op.
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.
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 HWFRS has shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.
"600,000 workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months."
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "The health and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and those who are terminally ill should be fully supported and not have to worry about their employment.
"We are very pleased to be able to support the Dying 2 Work campaign and join other organisations in supporting those diagnosed with a terminal illness."
Trevor Connolly, Chair of the Fire Brigades Union, said: "Terminally ill employees should have a choice of how they spend their final months and it's great that TUC helping to achieve this. I'm delighted to have been able to sign the Dying 2 Work charter on behalf of the FBU at HWFRS."