The number of employees covered by a charter to protect their jobs in the event of terminal illness has passed the 500,000 mark, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). More than 50 organisations have now signed the Dying to Work charter, which commits employers to providing security of work and death in service benefit protection to workers diagnosed with terminal illnesses such as cancer.
Tata Steel UK, the former owner of Scunthorpe Steel Works, has landed a £930,000 fine after five plant workers were exposed to toxic and flammable vapour. An estimated £25,000 spent on plant repairs would have avoided the fine, according to the judge who sentenced the company.
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