David Cameron PM
United Kingdom

The current government policy of the "Big Society" will heavily rely on volunteers in the local community.

Having been a senior volunteer for a national charity for some 30 years I recently, along with several other senior volunteers resigned over a major internal disagreement with the charities national headquarters chief & salaried staff.

On attempting to pursue a grievance it was refused, as I had left. Then on trying to raise a case for "Constructive Dismissal" we found we had absolutely no protection under any UK employment legislation as we were "only volunteers".

Charities have to adhere to all Health & Safety legislation it is time they also had to adhere to fair personnel practices........

We the undersigned call upon the British Government to amend the current Employment Acts to give equal protection to both paid and voluntary personnel.

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