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.
Public Concern At Work said a robust code of practice would provide "a set of standards" against which organisations could be "measured".
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