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Blowing the whistle on the union: how successful is it?

Blowing the whistle on the union: how successful is it?

Vandekerckhove, Wim ORCID: 0000-0002-0106-7915 and James, Cathy (2013) Blowing the whistle on the union: how successful is it? e- Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 2 (3). pp. 66-93. ISSN 2208-4056 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper analyses data from the Public Concern at Work advice line in the UK, to find out to what extent trade unions are recipients of whistleblower concerns, and whether raising a concern with a trade union is successful. We consider that successful whistleblowing involves both where it has been safe for the whistleblower and effective in stopping wrongdoing. Our findings show that trade unions are not the first choice recipient for workers who want to raise a concern about wrongdoing. Workers tend to raise a concern with other recipients first, if they raise their concern at all with a union. Our findings suggest that it is safer for a whistleblower to raise a concern with a union than it is with other recipients. However, our findings also suggest that raising a concern with a union is less effective in stopping wrongdoing than using other external or internal recipients.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The E-Journal of International and Comparative LABOUR STUDIES is an open-access review (http://adapt.it/EJCLS/index.php/ejcls_adapt/index)
Uncontrolled Keywords: internal whistleblowing, external whistleblowing, effective whistleblowing, whistleblower protection, successful whistleblowing, union
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:31
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13127

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