CIG encourages all workers to whistleblow

| 09/07/2018 | 21 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government has brought a slight amendment to the Whistleblower Protection Law to emphasise the fact that the law applies to all workers — not just civil servants and public employees at government companies and statutory authorities, but to all workers in the private sector as well. Acting Deputy Governor Gloria McField-Nixon steered the amendment in the Legislative Assembly at the end of last month and urged people to step forward when they see wrongdoing.

She noted that the intent of the legislation, which was implemented earlier this year, was always to cover all employees and their bosses. But she said that the amendment was to avoid any suggestion that it was only designed to protect the public sector.

As a result, section 3 has been re-written to make it abundantly clear that the law protects workers reporting improper conduct to the authorities, regardless of who their boss is. The legislation encourages any worker who sees improper conduct on the part of their employer, be it criminal, a violation of human rights, a threat to the environment or trying to conceal wrongdoing. It also ensures that the whistleblower will be protected.

See the draft amendment in the CNS Library

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Please don’t be fooled by this. All whistle blowers that I know were fired or treated so bad that they had no choice but to resign. The private sector is bad enough but the Civil Service is much worse. It’s the reason most people see and blind, hear and deaf, this is the way to keep your job.

  2. Tempura's Ghosts says:

    What those in officialdom do here when they are reported is nothing short of conspiring to pervert to course of justice! Where intimidating & threatening witnesses in order to undermining complaints and with the assistance of “law enforcement and judicial mechanisms and personnel” are standard operating procedures and par for the course. When considering any action against those in powerful government or political post please please think hard and long and weigh the cost to you and your family lives and well being in the long term. Always remember the only difference between the government and mafia is SIZE!!

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  3. Bertie :B says:

    Blow the whistle ? blow your jobs for life , sadly that’s how things work in all of society . They lose all respect !

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lots of Whistleblowers file reports with the Labour Board.
    Has any entity ever reviewed them or does a new Division need to be set up to do so…

  5. Anonymous says:

    The way the Grand Court’s Financial Services Division works, a pre-posterious, retaliatory claim can be filed against you, claiming almost anything, at minimal cost, without any evidence, or burden of judicial review for up to 6 years. You’ll be defending yourself to the tune of $150,000 before it gets to a judge for a basic case management hearing (if that ever happens). Unlike any other place in the world, these court claims (including patently false claims) are routinely rebroadcast via Offshore Alert and hyperlinked forever to your good name. Nobody will hire you, your longtime friends, family, your kids friends, and school parents will distance themselves, and your health and vitality will suffer while you wait in purgatory for the long and inevitable dismissal. 6 years for having done the right thing, and a lasting hyperlink to a false claim. Ask me how I know.

  6. Naya Boy says:

    Thank you CNS for you illustration and depiction of what really happens to whistle blowers its is both quite relevant and poignant and yet done in the excellent taste. It is also a good warning for those who try to do what they think is the right thing, yet it reminds all who choose this method of reporting others and wrongdoing of the Inherent risk posed to those involved in coming forward. Luckily here in Cayman the physical threat or harm to whistle blowers is relatively low compare to other jurisdictions, yet mental financial and social consequences and stress or threat of exposure is extremely high in this very small island.

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  7. Mole Hunter Mafia says:

    11:41am your advice is damn good advice you certainly know exactly what time it is. You do that at your own risk of being financially, socially assassinated and other very serious and dire consequences not only to you but your immediate and entire family. You might get away with reporting some low level peeon or minion but rat in out upper level ring members and foreign connected bosses to venues or offices which are run or controlled by their members or nationals. You need to have three things in place a lawyer is 1, 2 another secured or insulated job or source of income and 3 plan B another means of achieving justice or exposing the offender’s corruption to the public “valid and tangible proof” via the media or political candidate who can be trusted or is disliked by offender, which is a far safer option for all those concerned.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, whistleblow today and become a target tomorrow! Especially in civil service. What’s supposed to be confidential is spread throughout the dept like a memo within hours.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    ive blown the whistle on multiple government entities and i ended up being persecuted and victimized for it…. oh yeah, prosecuted too… but once they realized they were Fd if it went to court the police dropped the charges. man, this country really is the moral and ethical cesspool of the world.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Be warned; whistleblowers are not protected. They will find other ways of making you pay. Say goodbye to any chances of promotion or increase in salary and be prepared for a sideways move into obscurity,

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  11. Anonymous says:

    The public sector already blows, may as well whistleblow.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    They need a Whistleblower’s Incentive Act – a reward scheme like Crimestoppers. That would really help with the overcrowded Civil Service.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Perfect picture (CNS) and don’t they know it?
    So CIG is saying spill the beans and lose your comfortable way of life?
    Any takers? Thought not. #@&_-&_$# d$#$ghy.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    I would like to whisleblow on the LA for not doing what they were elected to and the police for their selective and inconsistent enforcement.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Does it extend to whistleblowing on ministers as well?

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  16. RICK says:

    Wow more gossip and rumors to be spreaded by Caymanians.
    Expats better smell the coffee now.

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    • Anonymous says:

      My experience is that people are people and Caymanians do not have such a monopoly.
      Stop being mischievous and insulting as an obvious guest here.

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  17. Wudntuliketoknow says:

    Maybe government departments will start to actually work now. New CEOs are acting like they own the joint. Can count how many times I see THEM coming to work hours after the Establishment has opened. Some say Government just gave THEM the job. Typical how the workers dont get any recognision for their sacrifices they make to enable that department look like a million dollar generator. The devil will at least pay for your soul.

  18. Say it like it is says:

    This will never work in the Public Sector as everyone honours the “don’t whistleblow” code. i.e. “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    whistleblow and face the consequences??? ????

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