Tories refuse to support whistleblowers - 2011-12-16
Glenis Willmott, Leader of the British Labour MEPs said "I know of cases sacked whistleblowers where people have been unable to get other jobs. Organisations such as 'The Consulting Association' in the UK kept a black-list of construction workers who were active trade unionists, and it was only brought to an end by an excellent exposée in the Guardian newspaper in 2008.
"We need Europe-wide action and Europe-wide legislation to control this sort of behaviour by unfair employers.
"The legislation also has a definition of 'moral harassment' that would apply throughout the EU, and it highlights the need to improve social dialogue and strengthen prevention policies. It also seeks to ensure that existing health and safety legislation is implemented.
"You obviously need Europe-wide legislation on health and safety. Otherwise a company in one nation would have every incentive to undercut its overseas competitors. With legislation across Europe, we can get decent working standards that are not threatened by markets abroad all the time," she concluded.