Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents staff at Oxfam, is seeking an urgent meeting with the organisation’s management in order to get reassurances, following the recent adverse publicity the charity has received.
Unite represents around 300 Oxfam staff at the organisation’s headquarters and in its charity shops and is seeking assurances that the jobs of Oxfam’s UK based staff, who are entirely blameless of any wrongdoing, are safe and that steps are being taken to restore the charity’s reputation.
Unite’s Oxfam branch is writing to the Charity Commission, the Department for International Development and the International Development Select Committee with a series of recommendations to ensure everything possible is done to ensure that staff, volunteers, aid recipients, partner organisations and the public are fully protected, regardless of where they are in the world.
Unite national officer for the not for profit sector Siobhan Endean said: “Oxfam staff are dedicated to delivering aid to some of the poorest people in the world and the vast majority are entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.
“Unite will arrange an urgent meeting with management and are seeking clear assurances that jobs are safe and that Oxfam’s management is putting a comprehensive plan in place to resolve the current crisis and to restore the charity’s reputation.
“These highly disturbing revelations have rightly been publicised and must be acted upon to ensure that nothing similar can ever happen again.
“We need to be aware that individuals and organisations are cynically using these events to try to undermine the UK’s commitment to international development. International development provides vital assistance to the world’s poorest as well as being vital in tackling global problems including climate change and food security.
“Charities play a unique role and their work saves lives on a daily basis. It would be a disastrous if recent events led people to stop donating to Oxfam and other charities.”