In January 2014, the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, today said: “We are deeply concerned about the use of compromise agreements and special severance payments to terminate employment in the public sector. It is clear that confidentiality clauses may have been used in compromise agreements to cover up failure, and this is simply outrageous. We heard evidence of shocking examples of using taxpayers’ money to ‘pay-off’ individuals who have flagged up concerns about patient or child safety” (parliament.uk/business/committees).

Who runs the UK?

A report by Scott Higham and Kaley Belval (June 29, 2014, washingtonpost.com) suggests an answer: ‘Whistleblower experts say corporations are trying to shield themselves after the Dodd-Frank law by creating rigid internal reporting rules, such as requiring people to report wrongdoing to their supervisors at work before going to outside investigators. Companies are also asking workers to sign agreements that bar them from speaking out or benefiting from the bounty program’.

We are seeing a marked increase in an effort by employers to prevent their employees from speaking to regulators,” said David J. Marshall, a partner at Katz, Marshall & Banks, a whistleblower law firm in Washington. “As these whistleblower programs have grown more prominent, we have seen a growth in the number of types of agreements. They have a truly chilling effect on employees coming forward”.

They have a truly chilling effect on employees coming forward, a phrase repeated by Donna Boehme, a leading national expert in the corporate compliance field: “What we’ve seen is a siege mentality at corporations, where there is a fear that there will be a rush of people running to the authorities. Companies that care, they want people to come forward and they want people to feel safe. Companies that don’t care, they intentionally create a chilling effect“. A phrase also repeated by Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project, which represents numerous whistleblowers, including former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden: “There has been a shift from the traditional, sweeping gag orders to more disingenuous variations of these agreements. The techniques are becoming much more sophisticated, but they have the same chilling effect“.

Whistle blowing employees are in the cross-hairs of bullying employers. Whist legislation on both sides of the Atlantic gives an impression of supporting whistle blowing, the reality is that reporting wrongdoing in-house is a method of identifying ‘troublemakers’, who are then subjected to being accused of historic misdemeanors, being dismissed, reported to professional organisations (NMC etc.), and blacklisted from further employment. It is like saying to someone: “Here are the keys to a door, behind which you can make your concerns known”, with them opening the door to the Coliseum, to be confronted by starving lions.

Who runs the UK? Who runs America? Corporations. They only want you to complain to your boss, or to a list of organisations which are prescribed, in other words, which are a ‘safe pair of hands’ that clap to the beat of the corporate drum. Needless to say, trade union officials are not ‘prescribed’: ‘In Unite’s experience, members are reluctant to expose wrongdoing because they are unsure who they should make the disclosure to and because they feel safer making the disclosure to their trade union rep, who are not prescribed under the Act. For the same reason, claims under the Public Interest Disclosure Act often fail or cannot be pursued because the disclosure has been made to someone who is not prescribed under the Act’.

Who controls corporations, who are our ultimate masters?, a question answered by zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-13:

‘To fully comprehend the self-serving nature of the BIS (Bank of International Settlements), one has to understand that it is an autocratic institution run by a very select group of the highest ranking bankers on the planet, representing both private banking interests, as well as those of the vast worldwide network of central banks that are ultimately owned by those same private commercial & financial interests. It is important to note that these top flight international bankers have intentionally organized themselves, so as not to be directed by their own national governments for the crucial decisions and actions they take. In effect, they are a supranational organization, controlled by an elite group of men, who preside over most of the world’s financial and monetary systems of exchange which regulate and facilitate most of the globe’s commerce.

The supreme inner club is made up of the half-dozen powerful central bankers at the apex of a privately devised international monetary system. Their dictate, which enshrines the inner club from the rest of the lessor BIS members, is the firm belief that central banks should act independently of their home governments. Their controlling organization is at the epicenter of global finance, and has inherently become increasingly connected and indispensable over time by design’.

These are the Emperors of today. When the UK government made the Bank of England ‘independent’, and in charge of monetary policy, it was a charade. Similarly, whistleblowing legislation is a charade. The New Emperors will close every loophole in the system, and the only way forward for whistleblowers will be the lions’ den.

Many have already been devoured.

Many of the most vulnerable are being left to be abused because the chilling effect of corporate techniques to make workers fearful of whistleblowing work, and the whole rotten charade continues.

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About leninnightingale

A nurse who for decades challenged the nursing establishment, echoing the voices of the silent many- the downtrodden nurses, students, care assistants, patients, and relatives that the 'system' overlooks. This site will present issues that many fear to engage in, prefering to believe what they are told by the Government's 'Ministry of Truth' (i.e. 'Lies').
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  1. Lily Burn says:

    Many of use nurses have experienced what happens to whistleblowers, we are all subject to NMC hearings. We are isolated, beaten down, humiliated, have false allegations made against us, demoted and finally end up at the mercies of the NMC of any allegation or accusation.
    WE all know the NMC will complete the job of the employer and get rid of the bothersome troublesome nurses. The nurses are subject to Coercive Control, yes this new law applies to domestic abuse but it applies equally well to the NMC abuse of nurses;
    The NMC;
    Make unreasonable and non-negotiable demands.
    Stalking – scooping up anything said on social media
    Destroying the nurses relationships and isolating her/him from friends, co-workers and others through fear of the Strictly Private and Confidential parcels being delivered.
    Restricting daily activities, not allowing the nurse to work causing some to suffer mental health problems
    Coercion – a combination of demands, threats of negative consequences for non-compliance, and surveillance
    Manipulation through minimization, denial, lies, promises, etc.
    Threats and intimidation.
    Excuses, rationalizations and blame.
    Stifling the nurses independence.
    Controlling nurses access to information and services on social media.
    Economic control and exploitation.
    Identity control
    Deprivation of liberty, equality and person-hood;
    Punishing the nurse for infractions (and imaginary infractions) of their rules.
    Ignoring the nurses needs, opinions and feelings, and the harm that their behaviour does to her/him.
    Financial control by not allowing nurses to work. Then thee NMC gice a few days notice for the nurse to attend a hearing in London, cost of fair + cost of hotel for up to 4 days £800 Then NMC can do what they want because not many nurses can attend
    They can appeal (according to NMC) cost £7000
    Job done
    We must remember the NMC use ‘lay’ (Tom Dick & Harry off the street) people on its panels with 1 registered nurse. HA HA
    The employer who referred, usually an NMC stakeholder is satisfied with the NMC decision. The unqualified NMC are satisfied their Lay panel have got rid of a trouble and the nurse is left to pick up shreds of their life If they dont end it.
    The whistleblowers champion’s history is against her she has worked for NMC and is therefore cant be seen as transparent, no street cred to give nurses confidence to contact her. I certainly wouldnt

  2. Carol Dimon says:

    For how much longer will nuirses like Vasanta Suddock, be able to openly challege their case ? https://nursebloginternational.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/1140/

  3. Carol Dimon says:

    ack UniteUnionNews twitter http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-whistleblowers-just-box-ticking-7144579 “keep dirty linen secret”

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