Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have signed up to the Dying to Work charter, pledging to support any staff diagnosed with terminal illness.
The Dying to Work campaign, run by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), seeks to promote the welfare of employees diagnosed with terminal illness, including by urging employers to review their sick pay and absence procedures, offering an Employee Assistance Programme and adopting their own Dying to Work Charter.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk already have an Employee Assistance Programme in place and have now included a specific statement on terminal illness in their sick pay and absence procedures, committing the council to:
“… seek to support all employees with a terminal diagnosis considering all possible support and reasonable adjustments.”
Chief Executive Arthur Charvonia signed the campaign’s charter today (Tuesday 7 August 2018), who was joined at the council’s offices in Endeavour House, Ipswich, by Babergh and Mid Suffolk employees Phil Crouchman on behalf of Unison, and Nick Mutimer on behalf of UNITE, as well as TUC representative Laurie Heselden.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils share a single staffing structure and have become the newest signatory to the Dying to Work Charter, protecting their 542 members of staff.
Arthur Charvonia, Chief Executive of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, said: “A terminal diagnosis is among the worst news a family can receive, and when faced with it no one should have to fear for their work and their livelihood. By signing this charter Babergh and Mid Suffolk wish to lead by example, and provide at least a small measure of support and security to families going through such emotional stress.”
Photographs of the signing can be found on the councils' Flickr pages.