Sandwell Trust first leisure employer to sign TUC Charter…
Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) has added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.
SLT, which runs and maintains nine affordable leisure centres and a golf course for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter – and the first leisure employer nationwide – following in the footsteps of companies 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.
Ash Rai, Chief Executive of SLT, declared: “Sandwell Leisure Trust is committed to supporting the welfare of all our 500+employees, in particular those diagnosed with a terminal illness. Signing up to the Dying to Work scheme is part of the Trust’s ongoing commitment to support our employees who are most in need.”
TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, explained: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis. I’m delighted that Sandwell Leisure Trust has shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.”
Sarah James, Sandwell Branch Equality Officer for the GMB trade union, added: “We believe everyone has the right to work with dignity and welcome SLT giving the Dying to Work campaign their backing. In doing so they are giving our members the reassurance that they will support them during an extremely stressful time in their lives”
Lee Wiggetts-Clinton of Sandwell Unite, the Union for the signing of the charter, said: “Unite, thanks Sandwell Leisure Trust for signing up to this charter. Any terminally ill workers will feel safe in the knowledge that SLT will support them following their diagnosis and help staff retain their dignity.”
Tony Barnsley, Branch Secretary for Sandwell ‘s public service union, UNISON, added: “We also welcome Sandwell Leisure Trust signing up to this charter, because it will assist any worker who unfortunately becomes terminally ill whilst at work and help them through this challenging period.”
Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC in 2016 following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager 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.
It provides employees with security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families – with dignity and without undue financial loss. It also ensures that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.
Pics caption: Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) has added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work. Pictured L/R Rob Johnston (Policy and Campaigns Officer, TUC), Ash Rai (CEO, Sandwell Leisure Trust), Lee Wiggetts-Clinton (Convener, Unite), Tony Barnsley (Branch Secretary, Unison), Sarah James (Equality Officer, Sandwell GMB trade union)
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