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Weekly News Round-Up / 15 Feb

Your weekly dose of what’s up in whistleblowing.

Whistleblowers fighting sexism, harassment and abuse. 

A “closing of ranks around unacceptable behaviour” in the TSSA union was found by Baroness Kennedy in her independent inquiry – a sure way to silence potential whistleblowers. “Wilful blindness” and sexist behaviour was reported throughout leadership. (The Guardian)

+ McDonald’s has taken a step in the right direction after signing a legal agreement with EHRC and putting in preventative measures to protect staff coming forward with complaints of sexual harassment. This followed reports of a multitude of allegations made against the fast food giant. (Morning Star)

+ Maggie Oliver continues to call out failing GMP as more young girls fall victim to Rochdale grooming gangs and abuse. (The Telegraph)

Landmark ruling at the ECHR

The European Court has come to a settlement in support of the LuxLeaks Whistleblower, Raphael Halpet, after he exposed tax avoidance in the public interest, saying his Article 10 human rights were violated. (HALET v. LUXEMBOURG (

Reports to the SRA being used as litigation tactics

A recent review of 25 legal firms by the Solicitors Regulation Authority shows a good level of compliance in dealing with reputation management matters, but a trend of firms threatening opponents with reports to SRA.(Legal Futures)

Troubling new whistleblowing statistics show few employers understand the benefits

This week HR Magazine has released concerning statistics: 42% of employers rely on self-learnt practices to solve whistleblowing matters, while 61% of organisations provide no promotion or education about whistleblowing to their workforce.(HR Magazine)

Calling out a lack of care

American hospital worker blows the whistle on transgender medical care centre claiming that we are permanently harming the vulnerable patients in our care”. (Fox News)

Consequences for the candid

Two Australian whistleblowers face trial later this year for calling out extreme government injustice; alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and unethical debt recovery. (The Guardian)