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Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, Tim Farron

Call for Edna's Law and a public inquiry into whistle-blowing

We call for:   1.  Edna's Law to replace the Public Interest Disclosure Act which has failed to protect the public, the victims or the whistle-blowers.    2.  A public inquiry into whistle-blowing in all sectors, ie including social care, construction, finance, education, local authorities, police, civil service, transport, military, NHS.  We want it to expose wrongdoing and hold individuals and institutions to account for past cases of cover-ups and victimisation of whistle-blowers, and to recognise and compensate those who suffered detriment for doing the right thing. EDNA'S LAW: Would make it a criminal offence to fail to act on the genuine concerns of a whistle-blower and would hold individuals accountable. The wrongdoing would be made public in a criminal court and corrective action would be taken. Edna's Law would put the victims of silence first and would protect the protectors who report wrongdoing. The State would prosecute and uphold the public interest (instead of expecting the whistle-blower to pay thousands of pounds to represent themself at an employment tribunal against experienced barristers). Edna's Law would be a deterrent because it would create strong case law precedents. The whistle-blower would be a protected witness. It would be a criminal offence to harm a genuine whistle-blower. Bad companies and organisations would be held to account, resulting in real culture change. The whistle-blower would be compensated for loss of trust and loss of employment. A law that protects whistle-blowers protects us all, and that is what Edna's Law would do. Together we can break the shameful chain of complacency, ignorance, denial and silence so please sign and share this petition now. Here are just a few  well-known cases of deaths and serious harm which were ALL preventable if whistleblowers had been listened to or if others had not been too scared to speak up: Mid Staffs, Bristol Babies, Jimmy Savile, Piper Alpha, Clapham train crash, Herald of Free Enterprise, Rotherham, Hammersmith Radiology.  All these are well documented but many more cases never make the news.  Edna’s Law will break that silence.  The reality for whistle-blowers includes harassment, physical assault, suspension, false counter-allegations, dismissal, loss of income, unemployment, ill-health, high legal fees, months or years of stress, loss of homes, and broken relationships and family break-ups due to the stress.  Their relatives, even young children, have been targeted for indirect reprisals.   All that is bad enough - but often no action is taken on the wrongdoing or risks, which continue unchecked, covered up by employers.  Other workers see this and decide it is safer to stay silent so the cycle of wrongdoing continues.   PIDA cases are said to be "an employment issue" so the employment tribunals may reject certain evidence as being not relevant to the employment issue, even though the whistleblower's reported concerns clearly relate to the public interest. Would YOU report wrongdoing or risks if you knew what the consequences would be for you and your family? And if you knew that the law would not protect you? And if it still wouldn't stop the wrongdoing or risk anyway? Please sign the petition now to stop needless suffering and risk. The alternative would be to do nothing and just wait for the inevitable news of the next case of avoidable harm or death - which might affect YOU or your loved ones.  People are suffering and dying today, and others being put at risk or being defrauded financially (even though they may not know it) because whistle-blowers are ignored and victimised and others are too scared to speak up.  This affects everyone. Which will you choose?  Please sign now. We hope we have already convinced you to sign.  If you need more detailed information before you sign, please read on..... Background details and examples: Edna's Law is based on evidence from 1500 whistle-blowers, given to Compassion In Care  This has now increased to over 5000 who all confirm the need for this law.  The evidence has been given to many Government ministers and all MPs in the 2015 Parliament.  Edna was a defenceless elderly lady who died after terrible abuse in a BUPA care home even though it had been reported by no less than SEVEN care workers to Des Kelly.  He was not at arm’s length, he was directly involved as the decision maker and the whistleblowers gave him personally the evidence in a formal meeting with the prescribed regulator under PIDA.  Des Kelly also heard it afterwards in a court as he sat through every day of the employment tribunal of the BUPA7, as they became known. He rose to become "Sir Des Kelly OBE" and an advisor to the Government and CQC on elderly care, and head of the National Care Forum and on DEMOS.  We often refer to him because all the evidence is available on what he did, there is no "grey area" or room for interpretation, it is all documented fact in the public domain. He is just one of many wrongdoers who have never been held accountable for their actions and now hold senior positions - this is at the root of why whistleblowers are still victimised or ignored, because wrongdoers like Des Kelly escape accountability. The BUPA7 lost their jobs but the wrongdoing was not put right, the abusers continued abusing, and Edna died.  Four years later it was revealed that people had continued to suffer in that home.  Imagine how much preventable suffering that was.  Failures in legal protection demonstrated by the BUPA7 case left a toxic legacy, because it told BUPA and other employers that they could get away with ignoring concerns and victimising whistleblowers in spite of the Public Interest Disclosure Act which had just come in at that time.  This sent a strong message to other workers to stay silent for fear of ending up unemployed like the BUPA7. PIDA failed the BUPA7 and it still fails today's whistleblowers. Employment tribunals hear PIDA cases but have no power to make sure problems are put right - so whistle-blowers lose their jobs and still the wrongdoing and risks they reported continue unchecked. The 2015 Francis Review and the new National Guardian will do nothing to protect whistle-blowers or encourage anyone else to raise concerns because the recommendations rely on policies, procedures, employers and regulators – which include the very same people who have “got away with” cover-ups, ignoring concerns, and victimising whistle-blowers for many years. The Francis "Freedom to Speak Up" review in 2015 was an expensive public relations sham, and held no wrongdoers to account. We say it never intended to and here is why: Robert Francis is on the CQC, which has invited Des Kelly's input even though Des Kelly had ignored seven whistleblowers and had deliberately put an abuser in at least three BUPA care homes. The CQC has ignored multiple whistle-blowers, eg the abuse at Winterbourne View and Old Deanery, and many more.  Is that so surprising when they have included in their press releases a significant contribution from Des Kelly, a man who could have prevented Edna’s death but chose not to?  Instead he deliberately gave Edna’s worst abuser access to other defenceless people to torment.    Compassion In Care and Private Eye joint investigations have proved that the CQC lied and misled the public for many years but no-one was held accountable.   The CQC falsely claimed it had closed 100 care homes, an outright lie as it was only two.   They have been complicit in re-registering care homes as "new" under slightly different names, but the same ownership, in order to hide bad inspection reports. Now the supposedly "independent" new National Guardian for the NHS is to be overseen by.....you guessed it......the CQC. It's like the story of The Emperor's New Clothes - the evidence, in this case of wrongdoing and complicity, is there in plain sight for all to see, but most are scared to point it out or just can't believe what they see.  But Robert Francis and many others in Parliament and the care sector know it is true because we have presented the evidence.  Many are "Guilty By Association", because by praising and harbouring wrongdoers, they are complicit in the wrongdoing. This isn't a fairy story. People are suffering right now so we're speaking up loud and clear that Edna's Law is needed to protect the public. Whistleblowing helplines paid for by employers can never be independent - they protect the employer, not the employee because they make their income by selling policies and procedures to employers so their loyalty is to their customer. After Mid-Staffs, Robert Francis spoke a lot about "changing the culture" but clearly it didn't work, because he was shocked by how many people told him they still felt unable to speak up.  Many trusted the Francis Review and hoped it would be a turning point.  But as whistle-blowers, we have already been failed by his “policies and procedures”and “Guardian” approach.   We have been contacted by people in roles designated "whistleblower supporter" who then lost their own job after reporting concerns themselves. We know it doesn't work, it has never worked before and it can never work in future.  We don't need any more expensive hot air about "changing the culture" - we need to change the reality and bring in Edna's Law. More than 900 callers rang Eileen's helpline after BBC Panorama "Behind Closed Doors"   Thousands more calls/emails have come in since the Francis Review.  Many of these whistleblowers still experience lasting detriment, so cannot put their names publicly to the petition yet, though many have left public comments on the petition which shows how widespread this is.  You might ask "Why didn't they just speak up in their workplace?"  But how can we expect workers to report wrongdoing when they have seen what happens to those who do?   Would you? Please help us break the shameful silence and ensure accountability – by signing Edna’s Law now. Thank you. For more information: http://www.thewhistler.org/edna-s-law.html Edna's Law demonstration CQC - An Ongoing Concern Breaking The Silence Parts 1, 2, 3 Part 4 is now in preparation. Whistleblower Interviews Charlotte Leslie MP speaking in Parliament BBC Panorama Hammersmith Radiology BBC Panorama - "Behind Closed Doors" Beyond the Facade - story of the BUPA 7 We are sending this to all party leaders so that we can continue building support for the long term change that is needed.

Compassion In Care
2,571 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to United Nations Decolonisation Committee

TPPA: Stop the Corporate Recolonisation of Pacific Countries

We, the indigenous people and residents of the Pacific wish to appeal to the United Nations Decolonisation Committee (UNDC) to put a stop to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the grounds that not one of our leaders have been consulted and the realisation that this is a cynical attempt by the international corporations to re-colonise the Pacific as well as the rest of the world. The UNDC was set up in 1961 as an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, monitoring the implementation of the decolonisation process in all of our countries. So while we appreciate that it does not recognise new forms of colonialism and therefore unable to stop their propagation from the outset, we implore that they alter their thinking do so in this case. We now implore you this time to become the crash barrier at the top of the cliff. The indigenous people of the Pacific have seen their sovereignty taken away by subterfuge and underhanded dealings two centuries ago and now we are seeing it happen again right before our eyes. We hereby wish that the UNDC  extend their charter to stopping further forms of colonisation beyond its current function of overseeing the dismantling of previous colonial structures. We hereby ask that the UNDC tell the governments concerned from Chile to the USA to Japan to New Zealand that the signing of the TPPA is anathema to the indigenous people of the Pacific and a threat to our sovereignty. We insist that the signing of this undemocratic document should not happen at all or at least, not until all our leaders are consulted with.

Mark Cross
678 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Edaran Tan Chong Malaysia

Lifetime wheel bearings & aircond compressor fans replacement for Malaysia's Nissan Almera

I bought my Almera M/T E specs from Tan Chong Bayan Lepas in January 2013. My left rear wheel bearing spoiled in July 2013 and I got the replacement done free of charge under warranty. This car model is known to be problematic with wheel bearings and air-cond compressor cooling fans malfunction that happens to too many units of this model and had been reported to occur in as high as 90% of the car units from the owners of Almera in Malaysia, meaning that this is something very ridiculous! Wheel bearings are not 'wear and tear' parts and they are supposed to last the lifetime of the car as a norm. Even my previous car Proton Wira still did not suffer from any wheel bearings problem by the time it was 11 years when I sold it off in 2011. How can a car like Almera that I only bought for less than 1 year suffer from wheel bearing malfunction even though the total mileage was only 4770 km at the time of the replacement? I believe this must be caused by the part supplier issue or even the faulty design to start with initially. I do believe that Nissan Malaysia doesn't intend to solve the wheel bearings issue at all because there are still many complaints from Almera owners by those who recently purchased the cars in 2015. It's been more than 3 years since the Almera model was launched in Malaysia and until today majority of the owners still need to replace the wheel bearings (and fans too) pretty often. Now that it's February 2016 and I believe that I am encountering the same wheel bearing problem for the similar left rear side because I could hear humming sound coming from that side when cruising at 60 to 80 km per hour. This bearing was already replaced in July 2013 previously and it is failing again! How could this keep happening over and over non-stop? Don't tell me that Nissan Almera owners need to bear the cost of wheel bearings replacement for the lifetime of their cars while other car owners of the Toyota and Honda makes can have their worry-free days regarding wheel bearings throughout the duration of their car ownership? I demand that Tan Chong Malaysia replace my bearings (fans in future) free for the lifetime of my car ownership because I know Nissan did a bad job either during the car design stage or the parts that their supplier has been supplying (and will continue to supply) are defective without any means to address the well-known wheel bearings and fans problems forever. I don't mind gathering all the Almera owners in Malaysia with wheel bearings and fans complaints to petition publicly against Nissan Malaysia by going to the mass media in order to make Nissan Malaysia walk the path of Volkswagen by joining them in the Hall of Shame and eat their humble pies together.

Matthew Ooi
577 supporters