Protection for Whistleblowers: Day of Action

    Wednesday 10 September 2014
    Parliament Square, London

    Whistleblowers, victims of abuse, union members, students, campaigners, and all other supporters are invited by The Whistler, to meet at Parliament Square at noon on Wednesday, 10 September, to take part in a silent protest against abuse of whistleblowers. The Whistler are calling for a new law, Edna's law, that will protect all whistleblowers and stop the wrongdoing.

    Edna was a vulnerable elderly person who had no family to speak out for her. She was abused in a care home. Seven whistleblowers did speak out and were forced out of their jobs for doing so. The regulator fully upheld the abuse allegations but the company continually denied there was anything wrong. Those responsible for the abuse were protected and promoted. Four years later, it emerged that vulnerable people had continued to suffer.

    Edna's law would ensure this never happens again.

    This silent protest is dedicated to her memory and for all those who have suffered or died because a whistleblower was ignored or too afraid to speak out. Abuse happens because of complacency, ignorance, denial and silence.

    At 2pm all flags and banners will be lowered in remembrance of all victims of silence. People who have lost someone will hold up their photos and names.

    But instead of two minutes of silence, there will be two minutes of breaking the silence.

    We want thousands of whistles to be blown. To remember that whistleblowers could have saved them all. But we will break that silence. At 2pm we will blow the whistles, all of us, together."

    Please show your support and join us!

    Parliament Square, Wednesday 10 September at 12 noon.

    Banners and whistles will be provided but feel free to bring own banners or custom made placards. If your loved one died as a result of abuse, please bring his or her picture.

    Please spread the word - we need all the support we can get.

    The Principles of Edna's Law

    • PIDA assumes the wrongdoing will be acted on.
    • Edna's law would make it a criminal offence not to act on the genuine concerns of a whistleblower.
    • PIDA relies on policies and procedures.
    • Edna's law would be a deterrent because of strong case law precedents.
    • PIDA treats harassment as an employment issue.
    • Under Edna's law, the whistleblower would be a protected witness.
    • PIDA compensates for loss of employment.
    • Edna's law compensates for loss of trust and loss of employment.
    • PIDA hopes policies will stop harassment of whistleblowers.
    • Edna's law would make it a criminal offence to harm a genuine whistleblower.
    • Under PIDA, the wrongdoing is secret.
    • Under Edna's law, the wrongdoing is public and is acted on.
    • PIDA expects the whistleblower to take a case to court.
    • Under Edna's law, the state would prosecute and uphold the public interest.
    • Under PIDA, bad companies are unaccountable.
    • Under Edna's law, bad companies are held to account which results in culture change.
    • PIDA ignores the victims of silence.
    • Edna's law puts the victims of silence first and protects the protectors.