Legislation to protect whistleblowers deserves government support

    BURNABY, BC, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - CUPE BC has written to Premier Gordon
Campbell urging his government to pass NDP MLA Shane Simpson's Whistleblowers
Protection Act, tabled in the B.C. legislature today.
    Simpson's private member's bill gives protection to those working for
government bodies seeking to inform public employers, government and the
public of wrongdoing, gross government mismanagement, illegal acts and threats
to the health and safety of people or the environment.
    "This legislation protects employees who have the courage to take a
personal risk to improve workplace safety, government accountability and
security. We are asking Premier Campbell to have the courage to protect public
employees who do the right thing," says Barry O'Neill, president of the B.C.
division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
    "In B.C., this would potentially affect tens of thousands of CUPE members
working in a variety of areas, including the education system from
kindergarten to university, in health care, and in community social services."
    "Before being elected to government, the Liberal Party pledged to be the
most open, transparent and accountable government in Canada. It is difficult
to be that when the government does not protect its own employees from
demotions, firings and other reprisals."
    In recent years, Vancouver's city council, as well as Richmond and
Surrey, have recognized the role that whistleblowers play in the public
interest by pursuing whistleblower protection for municipal employees.

For further information:

For further information: Barry O'Neill, CUPE BC president, (604)
340-6768; Roseanne Moran, CUPE Communications, (778) 835-7537; www.cupe.bc.ca

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