by Danielle Spencer, Women’s Officer, Hove & Portslade Labour Party
Click here to take the Hove and Portslade Labour Maternity Discrimination Survey
We are facing a crisis in maternity discrimination in the UK:
– Levels of maternity discrimination under this government are higher now than 10 years ago.
– According to the government’s own data, every year up to 54,000 women are forced out of their job through maternity discrimination.
– Since the Tories introduced employment tribunal fees, it now costs women up to £1,200 to bring forward a claim of maternity discrimination to tribunal
– Three quarters of mothers say they have had a negative or discriminatory experience during pregnancy, maternity leave and/or returning to work after having a baby
– Over half of mothers granted flexible working encountered negative consequences from their boss
– Under Theresa May’s government we have record insecure employment with fewer safeguards for mothers – with a 20% increase in zero hour contracts over the last year
– Cuts to in-work support will mean some working mums are £2,600 a year worse off. From April, child tax credits will be cut for over two children.
Labour has a proud history of defending maternity and paternity rights. Labour will fight maternity discrimination by:
– Scrapping employment tribunal fees that prevent women from challenging unfair employers
– Banning exploitative zero hour contracts that so often deny women their rights at work
– Introduce a real living wage, rising to £10 an hour by 2020
– Promoting affordable, universal childcare
– Defending our NHS from Tory cuts and chaos, ensuring that all mothers have the care and support they need
– We’ll reverse cuts to Universal Credit that could see working mums worse off by thousands of pounds a year.
We have put together this survey to help inform our work on these issues in Hove.
Click here to take the Maternity Discrimination Survey