IMPACT has welcomed the publication today (Wednesday)of the Protected Disclosures Bill, which will improve protections for workplace whistleblowers, but said there is scope to strengthen the proposed legislation. In particular, the union says legislation should provide instant remedies for workers who are victimised for revealing illegal or unethical practices in the workplace.
IMPACT National Secretary, Matt Staunton said “The Bill is long overdue and we welcome its publication. However, the proposed legislation still means whistleblowers must seek retrospective redress for victimisation, including in cases where workers lose their job because they have revealed wrongdoings. We don’t want “after the fact” protections we want whistleblowers to be able to go to work the next day and carry on with their lives.”
Mr Staunton was speaking from ICTU Conference in Belfast, where IMPACT successfully tabled a motion calling for statutory whistleblower protections. He said the Union would continue to press for strengthened protections for workers who reveal wrongdoing.