Tuesday July 7, 2020
For the road ahead

Hovis commit to TUC Dying to Work Charter


URTU National Officer, Brian Hart reports

You may recall that in the December 2017 edition of Wheels, our Union raised awareness of the TUC Dying to Work Charter.

In the article all members were invited to raise the issue with their employer to seek recognition of the charter. 

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

Following the above, I attended a meeting of the Hovis National Reps forum held in February 2018 along with Kevan Moss from Hovis Dagenham.

At the meeting and on behalf of all URTU members employed by Hovis throughout the UK, Kevan asked that Hovis sign up to the charter.

Since February 2018 our Union along with our sister trade unions recognised by Hovis have been in discussions with senior management from Hovis regarding signing up to the charter. 

I am now pleased to report that the company and the recognised unions have now signed the charter at a signing ceremony held at the company head office on 28 November 2019.

The Trade Union National Forum members welcome the work done between Hovis and the Trade Unions which guarantees peace of mind for any of their colleagues that find themselves being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hovis is the first employer in their industry to sign up for the charter and one of only a few private sector employers to do so, it is hoped that by signing it encourages other employers to provide the same support moving forward. 

Please see below a press release produced by the Hovis and the TUC following the official signing. Our Union was represented at the signing ceremony by Kevan Moss from Hovis Dagenham and Alex Harris Full Time Official from Rg 11.


- A list of Charter signatories can be found here:


We continue to our work to seek that other employers sign up to the charter and the above is a demonstration that through dialogue and perseverance, forward thinking private sector employers can be persuaded to sign up to the charter for the benefit of their employees.

Brian Hart, URTU National Officer





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