New whistleblower body criticised

16th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A new independent body is to be set up to advise and assist whistleblowers, the cabinet decided on Friday, but critics say it will make matters only worse.

Both private employees and civil servants can approach the body with their complaints. The abuses they report will not, however, be investigated by the body itself but by existing authorities, such as the Labour Inspectorate or the Public Prosecutor. 

The Socialist Party has voiced disappointment at the announcement, saying the new body does not offer whistleblowers any substantial support and will only help cover up abuses. Whistleblowers are often referred from one body to another, the party alleges, without receiving the financial, legal and psychological support they need.

The proposal flies in the face of a parliamentary report, which called for the creation of a truly independent body.  The chair of the whistleblower taskforce said the government’s plan is exactly the opposite of the taskforce’s official recommendations.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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