We are delighted at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to be the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Charter, following other employers such as Velindre NHS Trust, the Royal Mail and Santander.

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign and aims to give employees with terminal illnesses more choice in how to spend their final months and offers peace of mind around job security.

Anne Phillimore, interim director of workforce and organisational development, said: “Cwm Taf Morgannwg is fully committed to supporting staff who are diagnosed with terminal illness to make the choices that best meet their needs and those of their families by continuing to encourage and value them in the workplace. We fully support this charter and the peace of mind that it will offer to staff who are facing this difficult situation.”

Wales TUC’s Dying to Work Lead Gareth Hathway commented: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.

“We are delighted that so many employers are stepping up to support their employees when they need it the most.

“Our NHS is there for us when we need it, and thanks to NHS employers and unions working together, we are proud that that Cwm Taf Morgannwg will be there for its workforce when they need it.”

Ian Cathrew, Unison Branch Chair at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “Being diagnosed with a terminal illness no longer means that you do not have a contribution to make and we are glad that the health board, through the charter, will make this contribution possible.

“Staff Side therefore welcome this charter allowing staff at the most vulnerable time in their lives to feel valued and supported and we will play our part in assuring the delivery of this charter.”

Over a million workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the UK, more employers are expected to commit in the coming months.

  • TUC Dying to Work Charter protects rights at work for those facing a terminal illness
  • Campaign began in 2016 following Derbyshire sales manager losing her job after cancer diagnosis
  • Over 1 million workers in the UK now covered by the Charter.

Editor’s note:

The Wales TUC is the voice of Wales at work. With 49 member unions, the Wales TUC represents just over 400,000 workers. We campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

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  1. A list of Charter signatories can be found here: https://www.dyingtowork.co.uk/whos-signed/
  2. The TUC Dying to Work Voluntary Charter states:
  • We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.
  • Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that we will support them following their diagnosis and we recognise that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.
  • We will provide our employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.
  • We support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign so that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.

For more information about the Dying to Work campaign visit dyingtowork.co.uk

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board signs up to TUC Dying to Work charter