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Whistleblowing in the UK

Written by Matthew Hiorns on Tuesday, 14 May 2013

60% of whistleblowers receive no response from management, says a report released this week by Public Concern at Work on the experience of whistleblowers.

60% of whistleblowers receive no response from management, says a report released this week by Public Concern at Work on the experience of whistleblowers.

This week, Public Concern at Work released a report into whistleblowers and their experiences. Whistleblowers play a vital role in uncovering corruption and should be supported rather than ostracised when they do so. The report entitled “Whistleblowing: the inside story” includes both those who do and do not follow through with their concerns and raise them externally.

The findings brought to light that:
• 60% of whistleblowers receive no response from management either negative or positive;
• The most likely response is formal action (disciplinary or demotion, 19%);
• 15% of whistleblowers are dismissed;
• Newer employees are most likely to blow the whistle (39% have less than two years’ service);
• 74% of whistleblowers say nothing is done about the wrongdoing.

Following the report, based on 1,000 callers to their confidential advice line, Public Concern at Work has set up a whistleblowing commission tasked with making recommendations for change. Cathy James the CEO commented that:

“Too many workers still suffer reprisal which will not only impact negatively on the whistleblower, but will deter others from speaking up and allow a culture of silence to pervade. We must learn from past mistakes and make sure that whistleblowing protects individuals, organisations and society as a whole.”

The full report can be accessed here.


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