Nobody likes waiting but imagine putting your life on hold completely?
The UK Tribunal Service Not Fit for purpose! If takes so long to wait, most case are never heard. Settlement via ACAS or commercially are becoming the norm; with less and less cases being heard.
The is a loss for both the ‘user’ of the Tribunal service and the service itself. The service itself uses the statute on the Employment Tribunals are tribunal non-departmental public bodies in England and Wales and Scotland which have statutory jurisdiction to hear disputes between employers and employees.
The most common disputes are concerned with unfair dismissal, redundancy payments and employment discrimination. There are very few cases dealing with Protected disclosures; which is the only place such an act of disclosure can be heard – in relation to Employment only.
Most issues raised as Whistleblowing are in the press; rather than to the directed authority under the ‘Protected Disclosures Act’.
This leaves me, and I guess – due to the number of articles in the press, many others a low expectation of the Tribunal service; or disgust at the lack opportunity make a disclosure stick. For instance if you made a disclosure (to an authority) as a citizen to a public body or company; there is no court or tribunal which while hear your ‘point of law’.
I sick of waiting, the wait is causing me immense pain – due to my ME and my depression. But I couldn’t live with myself if I gave up or took the easy way out, such as – by blowing of steam to the press. I do not what my ‘point of law’ or ‘subject of disclosure’ to be mudded or sullied by the misreading of the press.
As a Whistle-blower waiting for my case to come to the Employment Tribunal; a wait of over a year now; due Jan 2014.
I have nothing left. No income; just worry anxiety, depression, fear, a feeling that I’ve been pushed aside whilst no-one listens.
Having a prior illnesss (M.E.) diagnosed is no help. My claims for ESA could take years to be sorted out. All the while I rot on £70 per week. That’s my daugther and I. Child benefits of £20 are a help, the difference between starving and not. In any case I’ve been living on handouts from the foodbank; I have little left to buy fresh food.
I struggle to manage day to day; I have little energy. The M.E. also ensures I’m in a lot of pain. But what can I do but fight on? I must survivie another six months to get to the Tribunal then I will be able to have ‘my say’.
I say I will “Have my Say”; I will; as I have to represent myself. There is no Legal Aid for Employment Tribunals; not even if the issue includes an element of Whistle-blowering; a protected disclosure. The Union don’t even have a policy on Whistleblowing and wouldn’t support me with legal aid because the whole thing takes longer than a year to get to the tribunal!
So I try to get up out of bed and shake off the pain; try to appeal my ESA to get more money, sell my possessions, oh and try to fight off the banks. I’ve no credit left (still paying the Overdraft fees and interest.) and I’m in arrears on my mortgage for over a year? The clock is ticking – will I be homeless before I get to the Tribunal?
Then there’s the government’s attitude to my disclosure. I have of course tried to tell them that they should investigate; but the moron’s in office try to tell me what my own job is and that they know better! Well the authority investigating as a result of the disclosure know their job and have taken action! The one positive thing about the whole affair.
Being a whistle-blower is really the worst role to find yourself. Ostracized; not appreciated; penniless and hungry.