PUBLISHED: 12:55 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:04 09 November 2018 Sam Gelder The town hall has commissioned an independent investigation into unions’ claims there is a culture of “bullying, harassment and racism” within its workforce, insisting it has a “zero-tolerance” approach. Hackney Service Centre.As revealed by the Gazette yesterday, Unite, Unison and GMB – which between them represent thousands of workers at Hackney – sent an explosive 18-page report to all councillors and the mayor last week detailing numerous allegations of serious issues at Hackney Service Centre, the call centre behind the town hall.They included:• Workers’ complaints about discrimination being swept under the carpet, or resulting in them being punished for speaking out;• A black female worker being called a member of the Taliban by a white, male colleague, who also said he would “start embracing his roots because … [Read more...] about Hackney Council bullying row: Investigation launched into unions’ claims
Whistle blowing policy
ANOTHER interview, another bizarre display from the president of the United States, this time about his "beautiful letters" from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Trump was appearing on CBS's 60 Minutes for the first time since he won the highest office two years ago, and while he seemed to have a lot to boast about, he still seemed to have a lot to learn about acting presidential. When correspondent Lesley Stahl pressed him on comments he made to supporters that he and Kim wrote each other "beautiful letters and fell in love", he dismissed the statements as "just a figure of speech." When Stahl pointed out they were still a strong endorsement, and listed the rap sheet against Kim, ranging from public executions to the assassination of half-brother Kim Jung-nam, Trump replied: "I'm not a baby, I don't know these things." "I have a good energy with him, I have a good chemistry with him. Look at the horrible threats that were made. No more … [Read more...] about Donald Trump throws tantrum in CBS interview when asked why he loves tyrant Kim Jong-un
PUBLISHED: 17:51 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:57 19 June 2018 Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: MIKE PAGE Copypright Mike Page, All Rights Reserved Before any use is made of this picture, including dispaly, publication, broadcast, syn The county’s flagship hospital has been branded unsafe and poorly led in an inspection report which found an “obvious deterioration” in how it was run. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said not only had the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) not improved, but things had actually got worse. Chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “It is extremely disappointing to see a trust that not only hasn’t improved since our last inspection, but where there has been an obvious deterioration in how the services are run.” He added: “We received a significant number of reports through whistle blowing following our initial inspection and this showed that a bullying … [Read more...] about Unsafe, poorly led
WHISTLEBLOWERS regularly hit the headlines for lifting the lid on wrongdoing in the workplace – often exposing shocking truths. But what does the term actually mean, and what rights do workers have to raise a flag whenever they witness illegal, neglectful or dangerous acts? What is a whistleblower? A whistleblower is a worker who reports certain types of wrongdoing to the authorities. Whistleblowers are protected by law to stop them being treated unfairly or losing their job because they ‘blew the whistle’. The term is thought to have appeared around the 1970s, as a reference to when a referee blows the whistle during sports to indicate a foul. Concerned workers can raise their concerns at any time about an incident that happened in the past, is ongoing, or they believe will happen in the near future. Whistleblowers are protected by UK law if they report a criminal offence, a health and safety violation, risk or damage to the environment, or a miscarriage of … [Read more...] about What is whistleblowing, do whistleblowers have protection in UK law and which organisations have policies?
An attorney for whistle-blowing helicopter pilots urged the state attorney general to probe the sightseeing company involved in an East River crash that left five people dead. The New York Times reported that the pilots raised safety issues about FlyNYON before the March 11 tragedy, with Washington lawyer Debra Katz last week asking AG Eric Schneiderman to look into their prescient concerns. The AG’s office has launched a civil consumer protection investigation into the company, according to a source familiar with the probe. Schneiderman is also demanding that FlyNYON stop advertising open-door flights and issue refunds for such flights booked before the tragedy. The source also said safety issues were part of what the AG was looking into. “I contacted (Schneiderman’s) office and provided it with evidence on behalf of my clients,” Katz wrote in an email Saturday. “I requested that it investigate FlyNYON’s … [Read more...] about Helicopter pilots’ lawyer says she contacted AG Schneiderman last week about company linked to fatal crash