Whistleblower 'code of practice'

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.

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Calls for better laws to protect whistleblowers

The Government needs to draw up a code of practice law for whistleblowing so employees can come forward without fear of recrimination, a group of industry and academics has warned.

Protesters launched a day of action on 20 November over a secret blacklist of construction workers used by industry chiefs. Credit: PA

Experts recommended a statutory code to be drawn up so workers can raise concerns about malpractice or danger to safety.

The report, commissioned by charity Public Concern At Work, followed a spate of scandals such as blacklisting of construction workers and neglect of patients at Mid-Staffs.

Whistleblowers are currently only protected under The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, and even then, only if their allegations fit into one of six distinct categories.

Chairman of the commission, Sir Anthony Hooper, said the report made "practical" but "far-reaching recommendations".

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