Parliament slams slow progress of whistleblowers institute

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Questions have been asked in the Dutch parliament as to why no progress has been made with a “whistle blowers institute” to help protect people who reveal malpractice in various sectors. People who blow the whistle on unacceptable working practices often find themselves in difficulties after losing their jobs and even their homes.

The parliament had passed a motion to set up an organisation to assist such cases which would fall under the auspices of the National Ombudsman.

The Socialist Party in particular fiercely criticised the fact that long procedures were being followed which could delay the progress of the project. The current outgoing government wants to leave the matter to the next cabinet, but it says it will explain in a letter why it has not set up a helpdesk for people who uncover malpractice in the workplace, government or other institutions.




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