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Maternity Discrimination 2017

Our Women's Officer and candidate for Goring in the upcoming West Sussex County Council elections Beccy Cooper writes about Maternity Discrimination and how Labour plan to combat it.


Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and exhausting jobs around. For most of the time you have no idea what you’re doing, and what you are managing to cobble together is done on no sleep and a diet of leftover fishfingers and Petits Filous. Which is why it is absolutely critical that we don’t have to worry about taking time off from our day job in order to devote what is left of our brain cells to raising the most precious (and annoying) things in our lives.


This Mother’s Day, our shadow Women’s Minister is raising awareness of the issues that many women (and men) have when they decide to have children. According to the government’s own data, every year up to 54,000 women are forced out of their job through maternity discrimination.


When people decide to become parents, their worlds are turned upside down and nothing is quite the same again. Flexible working is often the best way to balance paid work and being a good parent, and everyone has the right to ask for this. Similarly, just because you have become a parent doesn’t mean that your brain has turned to porridge (well, not permanently anyway) and you should still be considered for promotions and career progression, but that is too often not the case.


There are lots of issues to consider for working parents, from affordable childcare to insecure employment. To learn more about how a Labour Government would address these inequalities and the maternity discrimination campaign, click here.


Beccy Cooper

Women's Officer Worthing West CLP


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