GMB London Secretary Speaks At Harrow Council Signing Of ‘Dying To Work’ Charter
All terminally ill workers should get the support they need whether they decide to continue work or not says GMB.
GMB, Britain’s General Union, has announced that Harrow Council has become the first local authority in London to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work charter, guaranteeing protections for terminally ill workers.
GMB London Regional Secretary, Warren Kenny, yesterday (Tuesday, 23rd August 2016) met with Harrow Council Leader Sachin Shah and Chief Executive Michael Lockwood who signed a landmark agreement to protect the rights of terminally ill workers on behalf of Harrow Council.
The voluntary ‘Dying to Work’ charter will now help protect the rights of over 5,800 council and school staff in Harrow by ensuring that the employer provides security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for terminally ill workers and their families.
Warren Kenny, GMB Regional Secretary, said “GMB has supported the Dying to Work campaign from the very beginning because we believe that all terminally ill workers should get the support they need whether they decide to continue work or not.
We are delighted that Harrow Council has chosen to sign the voluntary charter to ensure that, should the unthinkable happen, workers will have both choice and security at work.”
Pamela Belgrave, GMB Branch Secretary, said “GMB Harrow moved by this campaign, and felt strongly that we wanted Harrow Council on board. We are extremely happy that Cllr Shah, agreed to take this forward, and feel privileged to be the first London Borough Council to support this campaign.”
Cllr Sachin Shah, Leader Harrow Council, said “I am proud that Harrow is the first London borough to sign this charter to protect terminally ill employees. The last thing they need is additional stress and worry about their jobs on top of what is already a challenging time. We are committed to support terminally ill employees following diagnosis and will make sure they are given peace of mind and dignity.”
Contact: Warren Kenny on 07843 632394 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156 846 or firstname.lastname@example.org