December and January are turning into a very busy month for new joiners crossing from within the Environment Agency to Inside the EA, here are four more that wish to join our team. Seems last years EA warning to all staff to avoid this website has begun to fade:
Alan: “As a former employee of the Environment Agency I continue to be appalled, but not surprised by the way that the Agency refuses to acknowledge or act on its many shortfalls. I draw the analogy of E.A. Management being like the Band that played on the deck of the Titanic. It is only a matter of time before E.A. becomes topical again and falls under the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons. It would be nice to think that at some point the media will seek to corroborate some of the claims within this blog. What a compelling episode of Panorama it would make. I consider the following example to typify how E.A have no apparent interest in dealing with rogue staff members. In 2014 I made a number of formal complaints to E.A regarding a member of E.A management. The nature of the accusations were regarding an individual who made sexist and derogatory comments to a female member of staff in front of other staff. I also made a complaint regarding the misuse of items that were potentially to be used as evidence regarding a pending court case. Both allegations could easily be corroborated as other E.A. Staff had knowledge. Despite submitting a detailed report and offering to meet management in person I was informed that they would conduct a thorough investigation but would not inform me of the outcome. How can anyone conduct a though investigation without ever wishing to meet the complainant in person. The term ‘lack of transparency’ springs to mind as I write this article.”
Col “It’s soul destroying for the ops teams who want to protect people from flooding because of all the red tape. Water voles are the reason the rivers are not dredged and spawning fish are the reason why gravel can’t be taken out. When people flood it’s the operations teams that are the ones out on the front line taking all the abuse from people and there the lowest paid of all. I was at Somerset and Iv been at other affected areas and I can tell you, you won’t see managers out in flooded areas, because they don’t want the hassle from the public and can’t give valid answers to questions, many of them couldn’t manage to run a bath. ops guys = cannonfodder”
James “Hi. I work for the EA and have seen alsorts of abuse. I work in ops and spend most of my days miserable I’m hard working and enthusiastic but Iv had most of that sucked out of me. On a daily basis my colleagues steal equipment, go home early, have hours for brew and dinner turn up drunk or even go to the pub at dinner. Spend most of the day asleep or shopping or not even where there ment to be. They steal petrol and diesel, they book overtime that they never did or add more to the time they have done. My line manager is more bothered about his own career that he neglects the aspirations of others looking to progress, there’s also people in leadership roles who don’t do there job properly and more suitable candidates are overlooked as I’v read on here and I agree with its who you know not how good you are. I would like to add much more if you would allow me ? Please let me know cheers”
Liz: “I am an EO at the EA. I have what I think is some very eye opening information, which underlies unjustified cuts to EO teams due to mismanagement of funds. I am a very very hard working and dedicated EO, a full time working and this year sadly become a single mum of 2 young children. There are some amazing hard working staff in our team and others who are very lazy. I recently questioned how the cuts can be justified given the massive fees our operators are paying for permits and how we can justify not delivering the service they pay for. I was told we are not affordable. I have requested funding stream info under FOI and they have refused. I actually stumbled across some figures on a well hidden spreadsheet anyway and it would appear that income from operators far more than pays for the staff in our teams to be affordable with plenty of funds to spare. There has recently been rumours that finances have been mismanaged locally and they now looking to recoup. I am very saddened that it is frontline staff that have to suffer this. I now believe I am being engineered out of the team through the redundancy process because of what I know, despite being told previously I am one of the most promising EOs they have ever seen. As a single mum i have received no support from my manager through my personal circumstances and I now sit in great fear at the prospect of being made redundant. I will lose my home, my car, my funding and my career and they don’t seem to care. The assessment process for redundancy is a complete subjective farce to pick who they want. I have the best performance record and I have never had a single day off sick. These issues are literally but a few, I could go on and on and give much greater detail of unfair processes & poor efficiency. I am trying to tackle the issue of the cuts being in the wrong places etc when we have so many staff sat in ivory towers doing absolutely nothing??? Please please can you help in any way?”
We’d like to encourage more Environment Agency staff to come forward, but critically, we would advise that using the whistleblowing process (as haphazard and questionable as it is) will offer some protection. Of course, we pride ourselves on maintaining absolute anonymity here and only post as one voice – Inside the EA.
Please, keep your heads up and expose what you feel is necessary to have these grave injustices corrected, otherwise even more good people will be forced out of the Environment Agency, leaving only ever more incompetent and wasteful staff in your place, further bringing down the organisation down.