Posted on 12th June 2019

Robin Hood Energy commit to the Dying to Work Charter

Robin Hood Energy have today added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.

Robin Hood Energy 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 Weetabix.

The Charter is part of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) 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.

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.

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

Gail Scholes, Chief Executive Officer for Robin Hood Energy said: “We are delighted to sign this charter in conjunction with our Trades Union Congress partners.

Robin Hood Energy was set up to help vulnerable customers and this is a natural step to help protect and ease the worries of our employees and their families at what would be an extremely worrying, stressful and emotional time.

Whilst we hope that none of our employees ever need this type of support, we are proud and pleased to announce that they know Robin Hood Energy will be fully supportive of their needs should they be diagnosed with a terminal illness.”

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

I’m delighted that Robin Hood Energy have shown real leadership, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.

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

The TUC Dying to Work Voluntary Charter states:

  1. We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.
  2. Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that we will support them following their diagnosis and we recognise that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.
  3. We will provide our employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.
  4. We support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign so that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.

More information about the Dying to Work campaign can be found at www.dyingtowork.co.uk