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Support Hero Whistleblowers

May 2015

If I were to meet Seaman William McNeilly today I would look him in the eye and tell him how brave I thought he was.  He has given up is career that he loved, the opportunity to support his country and the Royal Navy.

He has swallowed his own pride and opened up on the Hazards, Safety Issues and security.

None of the issues surprise me at all.

Seaman William McNeilly

I worked in Defence for years, including Support for the Royal Navy Sonar systems.  Giving Technical Support to the Royal Navy.

I can sympathise with those issues even though I left Naval services 6-7 years ago I remember how difficult it was becoming for the Submarine Weapon Systems officers who were being forced to take on more and more technical responsibility.  Each officer can only take on so much, – and still cope 100% as they are expected to.

The Royal Navy like the rest of the UK armed forces have been pushed to limit, cut back after cut back.  Many people who previously understood or had responsibly for the issues Seaman William McNeilly has raised may well have left, made redundant, leaving behind over stretched men who have suddenly been forced into a steep learning curve for their additional responsibilities.

The Royal Navy offers a is a great career.  submariners are not only put under a lot of stress to perform 100% because of their duties, but often because the safety of all the crew and the submarine is a stake.  So people should listen with a sympathic ear to McNeilly.

Seaman William McNeilly may well have spoken out, or found himself listening with dread to his superiors talk about every thing he has highlighted.  While they have chosen to try and ‘cope’ with the situation instead of risking their careers, chances of promotion, or to honest – their families and their welfare the income provides.

There have been too many cuts backs to be able to provide the response day-to-day to many issues, so they get left to people like William McNeilly to worry about.

It is not his fault – it is the government’s.

I feel for all Whistleblowers.  I have spent 5 years fighting Hypocrisy and blind stupidity in BAe and the MoD whilst working on Typhoon.

The worst is yet to hit William McNeilly.  No income.  Stress.  Bias towards/from MoD in the courts and useless Whistleblowing laws.

Eventually you come out of it with nothing.  I face loosing my house and live by scrounging and scrimping.  It is a horrible way to live, but I would not change one thing that I’ve done.  I will continue to take pride in what I did.  But I still feel the pain.  So I know what McNeilly is going through.  We should support him.

Most importantly we should support the Royal Navy to get these issues fixed.

We will either have an “I told you so” disaster with lives ruined or taken by accidents or dangers we should have fixed; or we can listen and give the messengers a clap on the back.

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Ref:

http://news.sky.com/story/1485843/missing-trident-submariner-to-hand-himself-in

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32771925

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Whistleblowing or Silent Screaming?

I feel like screaming.  I certainly think that the act of making a disclosure and wrapping up the problem so you can get on with you life or you career is next to impossible in the UK.

Assuming that having made a disclosure; this can be as simple as telling you boss that the Safety barrier is broken; or making a protected disclosure to the right authority.  Can you then settle back into routine at work and be happy as before?

If nothing was done about the problem, you life was made a misery what would you do?  If lives were still at risk, if you working life was being made hell, or you were being fobbed off?  How would this affect you?  Depression, Anxiety, alcohol abuse, – divorce?  Loss of income; debt, mortgage arrears, house repossession?  All because you wanted to do the right thing?

Many people would simply leave and let the wrong doing go on.  I have say that is the most sensible thing to do in the UK.  Many people simply don’t want a black mark against them, don’t want their family life disrupted.   If you have to leave your job, do it quietly, get a good reference and move on.  Because most likely the state won’t help you, the Tribunal service is not fir for purpose, getting to cases in timescale that don’t stop the debtors moving in.  No body would blame you for moving on and turning you back a problem.

However if you believe you you have to say is right and couldn’t live with yourself in you did turn away.  Depending on how big you problem is, how big the company you work is you’ve got a big problem on your own shoulders and no one can take it away.  It might even kill you; or you kill yourself because the weight is too much.  This is the lot of the UK Whistleblower.

Personally I’ve got a Mouton to climb; with a defense company and the Ministry on my back; with seven months to go.  On my right I’m fight off my debt and trying to live on handouts, – the DWP just keep turning down my ESA (their appeal process takes years.) and on my left I’m fighting off the mortgage company – who are even now coming to get my house.

I could give up.  I’d have nothing to show for my fight; gained nothing – lost everything; and would have to fight back the bile for the rest of my life knowing that an important safety issue had never come to light.

For crying out loud I only want to live and according to my rights have a fair hearing at the Tribunal, then win or loss I can put my life back together and try to get my health back!

 


UK Whistleblowers Abandon All Hope!!

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.

 

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