Whistleblowers are a 'barometer' of work culture

Laws protecting whistleblowers should be strengthened in order to improve working culture and protect the vulnerable, the head of a workers' rights charity told Daybreak.

Cathy James
Democracy benefits from whistleblowers acting in the public interest, Cathy James told Daybreak. Credit: DaybreakITV

Cathy James, the CEO of Public Concern at Work, wants a robust code of practice for whistleblowers to be introduced as they were "a barometer" for the culture of the organisation they worked in.

She explained: "We live in a democracy, dissent should be encouraged and that should be applied just as much in our public life as it does within the organisation."

The charity chief denied any new legislation would be hijacked by employes with a grudge as "you can see them coming a mile" off.

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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.