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Weekly News Round-Up / 01 Mar

Your weekly dose of what’s up in whistleblowing.

Environmental whistleblowing 

Careful considerations are to be made when purchasing sustainable or eco-friendly alternatives as EU crackdown sheds light on inflated safety claims. 54% of claims are found to be ‘vague, misleading or unfounded.’ (The Guardian)

+ A group of researchers have raised a complaint against Tesco as ‘biodegradable’ teabags do not behave as promised.  (The Guardian

Employers in the hot seat 

A victim of workplace racial discrimination wins her case – a hostile work environment and exclusion from meetings, alongside whistleblowing claims of failed legal obligations. (Liverpool Echo)

+ GMB Union investigates the work environment at a seafood factory after claims of psychological abuse from past and present employees. (Wiltshire Times)

+ The dark side of working in an orchestra is discussed – low levels of reporting for poor behaviours and members are vulnerable to ‘pyramid power structure’. (The Guardian) 

Whistleblowers speaking out against sexual harassment  

Another male figure in the limelight has been called out for sexual harassment and abusing their position of power. (SkySports)

+ Government survey suggests 30% of women experience workplace sexual harassment, but cross party support for reform. (Express)

+ Weightmans quotes transport and work are the most common environments to experience sexual harassment. Effective whistleblowing procedures can help make workplaces safe for all staff. (Weightmans)

More from SLAPPS 

SLAPPs abuse the law in order to intimidate and silence public watchdogs from speaking out on matters of public interest. (Index on Censorship)

Politicians exempt from prosecution

The National Security Bill could be protecting politicians from prosecution. The bill, being examined tomorrow by the Lords, gives immunity if ministers behave “necessary for the proper exercise” of the functions of the UK intelligence agencies. (Yahoo)