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Whistle-blowers may get legal protection

Monday 14 May 2012

MPs are likely on Monday to approve draft legislation which would set up an organisation to protect the rights of whistle-blowers - both in the public and private sector.

The body, which will become part of the national ombudsman organisation, will provide legal and financial help. The ombudsman will also be able to order an investigation into whistle-blowers' claims.

The new law is an initiative from Socialist MP Ronald van Raak and is not supported by the minority coalition, Nos television says.

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"The new law is an initiative from Socialist MP Ronald van Raak and is not supported by the minority coalition, Nos television says."

Which coalition are they speaking of? The NL does not have any coalitions, since they have no government.

It is not surprising that parties do not want to support this, since it would simply be too democratic of a measure to introduce. Who needs checks and balances in a democracy, right? Just railroad them as always and call it "democracy".

By Jimmy | May 14, 2012 1:14 PM

Homeless and unemployed
In 2001 Mr Bos exposed large-scale fraudulent practices in the construction sector, whereby building companies made secret agreements to defraud public funds. Despite the fact that a parliamentary enquiry proved Mr Bos' reports to be correct, he is now homeless and unemployed, as he is no longer able to find work in the construction industry. https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_Bos

Another famous whistleblower, an army social worker, has been unemployed for 24 years as a result of his revelation that the death of a soldier was caused by a defective landmine. The Defence Ministry had attempted to cover up the affair.


By Gerard | May 14, 2012 1:17 PM

Apparently Jimmy doesn't know about how Dutch law works. The present minority coalition is the government. And remains so, until the new government is sworn in by the queen at Huis ten Bosch.

By pepe | May 14, 2012 5:34 PM

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