Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity whose stated aim is to protect society through encouraging whistleblowing at work, has recently published a review of their activities over the past five years. The comprehensive document states that four out of five whistle blowers have negative outcomes suggesting that the statutory protections put in place by the Public Interest Disclosure Act are not as effective as hoped. The document also highlights:
- 1 in 10 UK workers witnessed possible corruption, danger or serious malpractice in the workplace in the last 2 years;
- Of those who have witnessed malpractice there has been a reduction in the number of respondents who raised concerns;
- There was a small continuous decrease in the number of respondents willing to raise a concern about possible corruption, dropping from 85% in 2011, to 83% in 2013 and 81% in 2015;
- There has been a steady increase in awareness of whistleblowing issues, from 23% in 2011 to 33% in 2015;
- The majority of respondents in 2015 either said their employer had no whistleblowing policy, or were unaware of whether or not their employer had a policy.
The review also highlights the work of the Whistleblowing Commission, an independent panel of experts convened by the charity to look at the effectiveness of workplace whistleblowing. The Commission concluded that PIDA was "not working" and made a number of recommendations for changes to the law including protection from blacklisting, adding further categories of public interest whistleblowing such as gross waste or mismanagement of funds as well as suggesting that a whistleblowing Code of Practice should be given a statutory footing.