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Fire Service signs ‘Dying to Work’ charter to protect terminally ill workers

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have signed the TUC (Trade Union Congress) Dying to Work charter, along with its recognised representative bodies.

The ‘Dying To Work’ campaign presses for additional employment protection for terminally ill workers and grants those who are terminally ill the choice of how to spend the final stages of their life.

The charter was signed on September 22 by Chair of the Fire Authority Cllr Judith Hughes, TUC regional representative Bill Adams, Chief Fire Officer John Roberts, Fire Brigade Union rep Dave Williams and Station Manager Steve Naylor from the Fire Officers Association.

By signing the charter, WYFRS sets out an agreed way in which employees will be supported, protected and guided throughout their employment following a terminal diagnosis.

Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Judith Hughes said: “As an employer we need to support our staff as much as possible, some people choose to carry on working after a diagnosis either for a sense of normality or for financial reasons. This needs to be the choice of an individual, without pressure from their employer. We as an organisation can make reasonable adjustments to support their needs at work.

“I believe that a sign of a civilised society is one that cares for the most vulnerable and we at WYFRA are happy to support the TUC’s Dying to Work charter.”


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