Tory MEPs in Europe have once again shown their true colours, by attempting to block legislation designed to protect workers who are the eyes and ears of their colleagues.
Last week The European Parliament overwhelmingly passed the Delli report on workplace Health and Safety that includes European support for whistleblowers, but the small fringe political group containing British Tories opposed the report.
Mrs Willmott said:
“If a worker sees their employer carrying out unethical, dangerous or illegal practices, they should have the right to make it known, without fear of dismissal or prosecution”
“Employers across the EU should not have black-lists of employees brave enough to speak out against their employers, and it’s time someone blew the whistle on them,”
“I know cases of sacked whistleblowers where people have been unable to get other jobs. Organisations such as ‘The Consulting Association’ in the UK kept a black-list of construction workers who were active trade unionists, and it was only brought to an end by an excellent exposé in the Guardian newspaper in 2008.
“We need Europe-wide action and Europe-wide legislation to control this sort of behaviour by unfair employers.
“The legislation also has a definition of ‘moral harassment’ that would apply throughout the EU, and it highlights the need to improve social dialogue and strengthen prevention policies. It also seeks to ensure that existing health and safety legislation is implemented.
“You obviously need Europe-wide legislation on Health and safety; otherwise a company in one nation would have every incentive to undercut its overseas competitors. With legislation across Europe, we can get decent working standards that are not threatened by markets abroad all the time,”