A code of practice law for whistleblowers should be drawn up so workers have the confidence to speak out, a charity has said. Public Concern at Work wants a statutory code so employees can raise concerns without fears of retribution.
Strengthened laws to protect whistleblowers have received backing from the TUC, with general secretary Frances O'Grady warning against the long-term ramifications of speaking out.
Whistleblowing is an important way to root out malpractice and wrongdoing in a workplace. But with the blacklisting scandal showing that some people have had their careers wrecked for daring to speak out at work, most people are too scared to say anything for fear of retribution.
It's important that we have stronger legal protections and written workplace procedures for whistleblowers to underpin the important work that union reps do in supporting workers who speak out.
– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady
Public Concern At Work said a robust code of practice would provide "a set of standards" against which organisations could be "measured".