Trade union and NGO coalition launch: Whistleblowers need EU protection – lives, environment and money at stake
On 17 October a platform calling for EU-wide whistleblower protection is launched by the first 44 signatories of a joint statement. It will be open for additional organisations and individuals to sign after the launch. Following the before summer of the trade secrets directive and the LuxLeaks trial, the lack of protection of whistleblowers at EU-level has come into sharp focus.
Whistleblowers often risk ending up paying a high price for disclosing information. Yet whistleblowing can be essential in bringing to light – for example – illegal activities, corruption, activities which are contrary to public interest and threats to public health and safety. Whistleblowing can save lives, the environment and money.
It is high time for legislation on EU-wide whistleblower protection.
Whistleblower protection is in most cases a workers’ right issue. At the same time, not all whistleblowers are employees. Therefore, broad protection should be ensured covering also other than employees.
We call on the European Commission to urgently take action on bringing forward proposals on EU-wide legislation on whistleblower protection with a broad scope of groups and areas of activities protected.
We call on the European Council to support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection.
We call on the European Parliament to continue to call for EU-wide whistleblower protection and to support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection.
Visit whistleblowerprotection.eu and sign the petition
Signatories at launch:
Eurocadres – Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff
ETUC – European Trade Union Confederation
Transparency International EU
EFFAT – European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
ETF – European Transport Workers’ Federation
European Federation of Journalists
European Federation of Public Service Unions, EPSU
IndustriAll European Trade Union
Public Services International (PSI)
Akava – Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland
Antoine Deltour Support Committee
Associated Whistleblowing Press (AWP)
CORRECTIV – Investigations in the public interest
Dansk Magisterforening, Danish Association of Masters and PhDs
European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
FABI – Federazione Autonoma Bancari Italiani
FILCAMS CGIL Nazionale
German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)
Public Concern at Work
SonTusDatos (Artículo 12, A.C.)
Transparency International France
Transparency International Ireland
UNION INTERNACIONAL DE TRABAJADORES DE ORGANISMOS DE CONTROL PUBLICO
Union Internacional de Trabajadores de Organismos de Control Público