Prime Minister Bruce Golding has sent the “whistleblower” bill for revision to address matters brought up during debate in Parliament. Mr Golding says he remains committed to having the bill passed soon, as he considers it to be a tool against corruption in public matters.
“That bill really is intended to address matters of corruption. The bill really is not intended to, in a sense, sanitise the conduct of private business; and therefore it is restricted to the use of public funds,” Mr Golding said in Parliament on January 25.
The Bill will compel organisations to have a confidential process for employees to make disclosures on improper conduct on matters that affect the public interest; and also to protect employees who make such disclosures from workplace victimisation. Other laws that will have to be updated alongside this new bill include the Official Secrets Act, which affects disclosures by public sector workers.