Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East of England, has called for politicians to work together to protect terminally ill workers across Europe.
It comes following the first Dying to Work MEP Focus Group in the European Parliament, which saw MEPs from different parties and countries come together to discuss the employment rights of terminally ill workers in different member states of the EU.
The Dying to Work campaign initiated in the United Kingdom and is led by the Trades Union Congress. It follows cases where workers who have been given a terminally ill diagnosis have suffered because of a lack of workplace protections, putting at risk their financial security and identity at an extremely traumatic time.
Speaking after the meeting, Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said:
“I was delighted to attend the first Dying to Work MEPs meeting. We can’t have a situation where people who are terminally ill are being penalised by employers, we need to stand up for their rights.
“People who are terminally ill must be supported to make the right choices for them and their families during such a traumatic time. We need greater protections for terminally ill employees, and that’s what we’ll be working together to secure across the European Union."
The meeting was led by Rory Palmer MEP, the Dying to Work campaign’s European Parliament Spokesperson, in partnership with organisations including the European Trade Union Confederation, European Cancer Patient Council, Association of European Cancer Leaders, and European Patients Forum.