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.
lenin nightingale 2016