Tram operator backs terminal illness charter

The operator of Nottingham’s tram network has signed up to an initiative aimed at supporting employees facing terminal illness.

Keolis Nottingham is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of employers such as Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and the Co-op.

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign, which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.

Paul Robinson, Keolis Director and NET General Manager, commented: “We’re fully supportive of the campaign as we recognise that our employees are our greatest asset.

“By signing the Charter, we can give them some peace of mind if they should face the most difficult of situations.”

Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job three years ago after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

Lee Barron, TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary, said: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.

“I’m delighted that Keolis has shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.

“600,000 workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”