GMB Magazine GMB25 Contact Summer 2016 - Page 7

Visit GMB online at www.gmb.org.uk ON BOARD MEP Glenis Wilmott (front centre) has been drumming up support. ENERGETIC CAMPAIGN GMB members working at E.On will be protected by the Dying to Work Cha rter. Questions and he responded positively about the campaign. At European level we’ve had fantastic support from Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour leader in Strasbourg, and we have managed to generate support from members of all four of the main political groups – but in particular, the group of trade union MEPs have been extremely supportive. As we go to press we don’t know the outcome of the referendum, but if Britain remains in the EU we will continue pushing for a new EU directive to support terminally ill workers. Labour MEP Siôn Simon (below) has been exploring consumer rights protections which might ensure that the payment of death-in-service benefits is protected following a terminal diagnosis, even if the employee decides to leave work to enjoy time with their family. Our campaign in Brussels garnered a significant boost when we received support from Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and we also received the endorsement of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) that represents more than 600 charities across the EU. The political progress we have made has been encouraging, but we’ve also been building support from businesses. The energy giant E.On was the first company to sign up to the Dying to Work voluntary charter, which commits the employer to protecting and supporting its employees with terminal conditions and to support the campaign. “We’ve had support from across Europe” BUSINESS SUPPORT Following E.On’s decision to sign, which took place at a ceremony in the shadow of Big Ben, we have had a number of other businesses come on board including Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferries, NET and AB Produce. There is still a huge amount of work to do to achieve a change in legislation but we are certainly on the right track – and as a result of the commitment of everyone in the GMB Midland and East Coast Region, we should be hopeful that we can eventually deliver a change that will help provide security and reassurance to tens of thousands of working people every year. GET YOUR EMPLOYER N UdiffPere!nce if you could convince TO SIG ke a huge arter. It would ma to the Dying to Work Ch your employer to sign up on the website: nd More details can be fou GIVING SUPPORT Glenis Willmott and Martin Schultz, President of European Parliament. .uk w