Whistleblowing charity Protect supports Labour’s proposed clarification to whistleblowing protection
Elizabeth Gardiner, CEO of Protect, the UK’s whistleblowing charity said:
Protect would welcome clarification of the law. We know, from talking to whistleblowers every day, that it is difficult for anyone to be certain whether they have the protection of whistleblowing law when it comes to sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination. As we have seen from the #MeToo movement, too often serious concerns about sexual misconduct are channelled into individual grievances and the bigger picture can be lost.
More women may come forward if they can use whistleblowing channels to raise concerns. But far too many employers in the UK have no whistleblowing channels at all. Our latest research shows less than half (45%) of UK adults say their employer has a whistleblowing policy*. It should be a priority to require organisations to establish effective channels for raising concern