Labour MEPs back TUC’s Dying to Work campaign in European Parliament
12 September 2018
Labour MEPs have been supporting the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign this year which wants to see terminal illness recognised as a ‘protected characteristic’ in our employment and equality laws – this week the European Parliament voted for a report that aims to support those workers suffering or recovering from such illness or serious injury. This follows support from Labour MEPs and my Labour colleague Rory Palmer MEP taking this campaign to an EU level earlier this year.
The TUC campaign wants to see employees with a terminal illness enjoy a ‘protected period’ where they could not be dismissed or discriminated against as a result of their condition. For any employee in this position, this change would give them greater security in their job and go some way in giving those affected better piece of mind in what must be such a difficult situation.
The report backed in the European Parliament this week calls on national governments to ensure workers are provided with all the support they need to return to work after recovering from illness and injury. It also requires workplaces to support the needs of workers suffering from long-term illness as well. The report endorses the Dying to Work campaign for raising awareness about this situation in the workplace.
I and my Labour colleague for Yorkshire and the Humber Richard Corbett MEP spoke to representatives from this campaign at the regional party conference earlier this year here. You can also read more from Labour MEPs and Rory Palmer here.