Further to your recent “whistleblower” item (13 November, page 15), it seems the proposed action by Balfour Beatty ex-employees is driven by an assumption of continuing unemployment with a commensurate loss of prospective earnings

I was recently unloaded by a large organisation for privately observing that its expenditure of taxpayers’ money should be better controlled. I knew I had no protection from “unfair dismissal”, but I expect to work again, and with a clear conscience.

The full-time employees who are left behind know better than to blow the whistle on their employer’s extravagance, which in some cases included the fact of their very employment. People who think they have a duty to expose every wrongdoing (and there will always be plenty of it in the construction industry) should ask why their colleagues are not constantly doing the same.

Victor Ritas