Petroc has, this week, (15/01/2019) added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.
The college 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 Petroc 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.”
Jo Down, Head of Human Resources at Petroc, said:
“We’re delighted to have signed this charter and we’d like to thank Nigel Costley, the Regional Secretary at TUC South West, for attending our presentation and signing the charter alongside our team. The managers and unions are extremely pleased to have made a joint pledge to the staff at Petroc ensuring any terminally ill employees are supported and treated with dignity and respect.”