GMB Magazine GMB25 Contact Summer 2016 - Page 6

POLITICAL Eon T A D P U ti c a in GMB union Our campaign to protect terminally ill workers is going from strength to strength, reports political officer Richard Oliver T he TUC Dying to Work Campaign, which started with a member here in the GMB Midland and East Coast Region, is going from strength to strength. As reported in the last issue of Contact, the campaign is calling for additional employment protection for terminally ill workers. In particular, we are looking to establish terminal illness as a protected characteristic, so people battling terminal illness will not risk losing their jobs in the last few months of their lives. This will secure the positive stimulation and dignity of work, along with their death-inservice payments, which they have planned for and earned through a lifetime of hard work. CAMPAIGN LAUNCH In order to get this change, we have officially launched the campaign in Parliament with support from Labour, Conservative and SNP MPs. In addition, the Conservative MP for Mid-Derbyshire, Pauline Latham, raised the matter directly with David Cameron during Prime Minister’s PROUD STATEMENTS Gloria Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and n. paig cam de Piero MP endorse the 06 CONTACT – GMB Midland and East Coast GMB25.Contact_06_07.indd 6 14/06/2016 14:47