Civil ser­vice cul­ture fears

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THERE were de­mands for an in­quiry into the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s whis­tle-blow­ing pro­ce­dures yes­ter­day af­ter decade-old claims of bul­ly­ing in­volv­ing Alex Sal­mond emerged.

Labour de­manded a “top to bot­tom” re­view of “the cul­ture within the civil ser­vice” af­ter rev­e­la­tions in yes­ter­day’s Daily Record

We told how con­cerns about “bul­ly­ing” of staff by min­is­ters were raised by trade unions in 2009.

Sal­mond’s “ex­plo­sive tem­per” and the be­hav­iour of other min­is­ters also dis­turbed civil ser­vants.

Af­ter Sal­mond came to power, a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment process for deal­ing with com­plaints was in­tro­duced.

One se­nior trade union source said: “The process for in­ves­ti­gat­ing min­is­ters was put in place be­cause of th­ese con­cerns.

“By 2009-10, there were peo­ple ap­proach­ing the union say­ing there was an is­sue with Mr Sal­mond and bul­ly­ing.

“Union reps had all heard the same thing from dif­fer­ent sources, so we were tak­ing it very se­ri­ously.”

Yes­ter­day, Labour MSP Rhoda Grant de­manded a full re­view. She said: “There must be a ro­bust process in place, and due process must be fol­lowed.”

A spokesper­son for Sal­mond said: “This lat­est ma­te­rial is based on anony­mous ma­li­cious brief­ing from un­named sources and a com­plete mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of doc­u­ments.”

PROCESS Rhoda Grant

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