Whistleblowerprotection.eu

ETUC joins over 40 trade unions and civil society organisations in calling for improved protection for workers who blow the whistle on wrongdoing.

Member States have either no whistleblower protection or laws with mixed track records” said ETUC Confederal Secretary Esther Lynch “There is an opportunity now with the preparation of the  European Pillar of Social Rights to live up to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights guarantees of freedom of expression, protection from unjustified dismissal and a right to effective remedies by bringing forward measures that will mean that workers can come forward without fear of retaliation and with a sense that their disclosures will be listened to.

Sign here: www.whistleblowerprotection.eu

Trade union and NGO coalition launch:                  
Whistleblowers need EU protection – lives, environment and money at stake

On 17 October a platform calling for EU-wide whistleblower protection is launched by the first 44 signatories of a joint statement. It will be open for additional organisations and individuals to sign after the launch. Following the before summer of the trade secrets directive and the LuxLeaks trial, the lack of protection of whistleblowers at EU-level has come into sharp focus.

Platform statement:

Whistleblowers need EU protection – lives, environment and money at stake

Whistleblowers often risk ending up paying a high price for disclosing information. Yet whistleblowing can be essential in bringing to light – for example – illegal activities, corruption, activities which are contrary to public interest and threats to public health and safety. Whistleblowing can save lives, the environment and money.

It is high time for legislation on EU-wide whistleblower protection.

Whistleblower protection is in most cases a workers’ right issue. At the same time, not all whistleblowers are employees. Therefore, broad protection should be ensured covering also other than employees.

We call on the European Commission to urgently take action on bringing forward proposals on EU-wide legislation on whistleblower protection with a broad scope of groups and areas of activities protected.

We call on the European Council to support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection.

We call on the European Parliament to continue to call for EU-wide whistleblower protection and to support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection.

 

Signatories at launch:

Eurocadres – Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff

ETUC – European Trade Union Confederation

Transparency International EU

EFFAT – European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions

ETF – European Transport Workers’ Federation

European Federation of Journalists

European Federation of Public Service Unions, EPSU

IndustriAll European Trade Union

UNI Europa

Public Services International (PSI)

AGENQUADRI CGIL

Akava – Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland

Antoine Deltour Support Committee

AQuMT

Associated Whistleblowing Press (AWP)

CFDT Cadres

CGSLB

CORRECTIV - Investigations in the public interest

Courage Foundation

CQFC-Cisl

Dansk Magisterforening, Danish Association of Masters and PhDs

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

FABI – Federazione Autonoma Bancari Italiani

FILCAMS CGIL Nazionale

First-Cisl

FNV

German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)

GMB

Institut Veblen

LBC-NVK

Public Concern at Work

Public Eye

Saco

SonTusDatos (Artículo 12, A.C.)

Stichting Publeaks

TCO

TEK

Transparency International France

Transparency International Ireland

Unio

UNION INTERNACIONAL DE TRABAJADORES DE ORGANISMOS DE CONTROL PUBLICO

Union Internacional de Trabajadores de Organismos de Control Público

Unionen

Whistleblower-Network Germany

YS

 

 

 

17.10.2016
Press release