Metro Mayor Dan Norris and Chief Executive of the West of England Combined Authority Patricia Greer have pledged to support and protect terminally ill workers by signing up to the “Dying to Work Charter”.
The charter sets out an agreed way employees will be supported following a terminal diagnosis. It gives the Combined Authority’s staff job security, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families without undue financial loss.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “This is about doing the right thing and giving workers and their families peace of mind. I want them to know that should they receive the very difficult news of a terminal illness diagnosis that their employer stands with them.
“Fundamentally, this is about giving those with a terminal illness the right to choose to stay in work and giving them the dignity that they deserve. I would urge other businesses across the West of England to sign the Charter too.”
Patricia Greer added: “If a member of our staff receives the worst possible news the last thing they should be worrying about is their job. We want our staff to know we will be there for them and will support them in the most challenging of times.”
More than a million workers nationwide are now covered by the charter.