Hywel Dda University Health Board has become the latest employer to sign the Trades Union Congress’ (TUC) Dying to Work Charter, aimed at encouraging organisations to better support terminally ill employees.
Hywel Dda University Health Board signed the charter on 14 February 2020, pledging its commitment to supporting its 10,000 employees. The organisation aims to give greater security to terminally ill staff, offering them additional employment protections.
Dr Phil Kloer, deputy chief executive officer at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “This is a very positive step forward in supporting our staff when they need it most. We are proud to sign up to this charter today which will strengthen our values as an organisation and as an employer.”
Nadia Probert, branch secretary at trade union Unison, said: “I am very pleased the health board is working with the trade unions and is backing Wales TUC’s campaign to better support the rights of workers following a terminal diagnosis.
“Employers have a duty of care to their workforce and we hope others will follow Hywel Dda’s example and sign up to the charter too.”
Gareth Hathway, Dying to Work lead at TUC Wales, added: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis. It’s fantastic to see trade unions and employers working in partnership to protect the 10,000 employees at Hywel Dda University Health Board. The charter will be a great comfort to those who need it and their families”