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Weekly News Round-Up / 09 March

Your weekly dose of what’s up in whistleblowing.

Environmental whistleblowing 

From 2010-2019, The Environment Agency (EA) visited 403 of England’s 7,000 sewage waste sites. The EA excuses the infrequent practises claiming they have other methods to scrutinise the compliance of these areas. Several EA and water company insiders knew the system would be a bad idea and that it changed the relationship between the EA and water companies into one that was too friendly. (inews) 

+ Trade Unions and climate groups come together in support of a revamped method to decarbonize the UK fossil fuel industry. (BusinessGreen News) 

+ Protect are delighted to have been involved in this important project. The Offshore industry is high risk and effective whistleblowing arrangements are vital. (Our-Power-Report.pdf ( 

+ New research reveals significant public support for more rigorous regulation on social and environment protection. (Unchecked UK)

Whistleblowers speaking out against Discrimination  

Response from NHS following last week’s Liverpool discrimination win, promises action plan to ensure ‘meaningful and sustainable change’. (Nursing Times) 

+ “Your life and career can be destroyed”, Azeem Rafiq, former cricket player and victim of discrimination, recites words all too familiar with whistleblowers, as we wait for judgement on the Yorkshire racism scandal. (BBC Sport) 

Whistleblowers speaking out in the CBI

Tony Danker steps aside as Confederation of British Industry director general amid new reports of inappropriate behaviour toward young female colleagues. (Daily Mail) 

New research shows militant conformity cultivates unhealthy working environments 

Reality TV show, Traitors, has sparked curiosity into workplace ‘blame culture’. If employees have a strong allegiance to their company, they may justify rule-bending behaviour to themselves. This is not dissimilar to the way whistleblowers are often mistreated as ‘traitors’ by militantly loyal members of staff. (Compliance Week 

Encouraging a speak-up culture 

Elevated whistleblowing profile encourages NEDs to reflect on and reform their organisations whistleblowing procedures. (Neda Global) 

493,000 employment tribunal claims left outstanding  in December

Employment specialists complain that serious backlog is afflicting the far less high-profile tribunals causing employees and business to wait longer for their resolutions. (The Times)