City Building commit to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter 

08/11/2023
Joint Trade Union Committee members along with Alan Burns (Executive Director), Bernadette Hewitt (Chair) and Mike Barton of TUC.

CITY Building has added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.  

The Glasgow-based construction firm 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 E-On. 

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers to prevent them losing their jobs as a result of their condition.  

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 after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. 

The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future. 

Mike Barton, President STUC said:  

“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.  

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

“We now have over 1.5 million workers being covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.” 

Alan Burns, Executive Director at City Building, said:  

“As a Fair Work employer we have a very positive relationship with our staff and trade union partners and are continually looking for ways to better support our staff.    We have had a arrangement in place to support employees with a terminal illness for a number of years now and officially signing this Charter ensures staff will continue to be protected and supported during any terminal illness and we are proud to be a leading organisation in this campaign.” 

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