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Private Company Joins 'Dying To Work' Campaign

Wednesday, January 25, 2017



Acivico joins growing number of employers signing up to charter inspired by GMB union member's battle.

The trauma of a woman forced out of her job shortly after learning she had terminal cancer has inspired a Birmingham private contractor to help staff who become terminally ill at work.

Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old GMB member, was forced out of her job as Sales Manager after being diagnosed with fatal breast cancer.

But her shocking experience helped push the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign, which seeks greater security for terminally ill workers through a ‘protected period’ where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.

The latest employer to sign up to the charter, Acivico, is a multi-service company which offers clients across the private and public sector a range of services including; Design, Construction, Facilities Management, Building Control, Birmingham City Laboratories, Catering and Cleaning.

As part of their on-going commitment to their vision and values, Acivico signed an agreement with GMB Trade Union to support the “Dying to Work” campaign.

The agreement will cover all of Acivico’s 380 employees.

Trevor Haynes, CEO Acivico Ltd, said:

“I’m delighted to have signed this Charter on behalf of Acivico.

“It’s hard enough to receive the devastating news about a terminal illness and it’s because we value the dedication and hard work of our employees that I want them to know that they will be treated with the utmost dignity, compassion and respect should they ever have to face any kind of life limiting diagnosis.

“I would urge other companies to follow our lead and sign the Dying to Work Charter.”

Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary and Regional Chair of the TUC Midlands, said:

"Over the last few months, Sandwell Council, Birmingham City Council and now Acivico have signed agreements with GMB to adopt the Dying to Work voluntary Charter.

“This has made a huge difference to any employee in those organisations who is battling a terminal condition.

“They will have much more choice and security as a result of these agreements. “Both GMB and the TUC welcome Acivico’s decision.

“We know this will inspire other employers in the region to work with us to implement the charter in more workplaces."


Contact: Gill Whittaker on 07850 768351?



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