Whistle-blower's letter prompts internal investigation at a Fenland factory
Allegations of “malpractices” by an anonymous whistle-blower have prompted an internal investigation at a Fenland factory.
The unnamed source has written a typed letter to Jamadagni Khandige, site manager at Nestlé Purina Pet Care factory in Wisbech, to take “immediate action and investigate” the situation.
In the letter, a copy of which was also sent to this newspaper, the whistle-blower says: “It has come to my attention that there are certain malpractices occurring within the Nestlé Purina Pet Care site in Wisbech.
The letter writer claims that some senior managers are undermining the work of those below them in order to force them out of the company and that workers are sometimes "deprived of their just rewards".
The writer goes on to claim that Nestlé sites around the country see the Fenland factory as “Fortress Wisbech”.
The site, they say “pays little regard to Nestlé policies and procedures and having an attitude of ‘we’ve always done it this way and we always will’.”
The letter writer adds: “You as site manager, have a legal responsibility to look after the well-being of those employed at your site, to provide a safe and stress-free place of work. Above all, if stress/anxiety is caused but something or someone, within the workplace, the employer (you) needs to take immediate action and investigate.
“All employees should be encouraged to speak freely to trusted management about poor health or something causing them distress in the workplace without fear of repercussions.”
It concludes with an extract from the company’s website regarding the reporting of a complaint.
A spokesman for Nestlé Purina confirmed Mr Khandige had received the letter and as a result an internal investigation has been launched to ascertain the truth of what is being alleged.
She said: “We only received the letter yesterday (Tuesday), what’s contained in the letter is very concerning and we are taking what is being alleged very seriously, which is why we have launched an investigation.
“Until that has been carried out it is difficult to comment any further.”