Stronger whistleblower protection
The Protected Disclosures Act, which came into force in July 2014, gives strong new protections to workers who expose illegal practices and other specified wrongdoings that take place at work. IMPACT warmly welcomed the new law, which was the successful culmination of a long trade union campaign. The law now provides a framework of protections for people who are victimised, or threatened with victimisation, for revealing wrongdoing. But workers have to meet the criteria set out in the Act to ensure they are protected.
IMPACT trade union has welcomed new legislation, which comes into force today (Tuesday) to protect workers who expose illegal practices in the workplace.
IMPACT has said it wants stronger protections for whistleblowers than the measures set out in the Protected Disclosures Bill, which was published in early July. The union will be part of an Irish Congress of Trade Unions delegation to meet departmental officials on the issue later this month.
IMPACT has asked the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform to recommend stronger provisions in a ‘whistleblowers bill,’ which aims to protect staff who expose financial and other wrongdoing in the workplace.