Harlow Labour calls on all Harlow Mums to know their rights this Mothers’ Day

News / Wed 22nd Mar 2017 at 11:48am

MOTHER’S Day is rightly a day when we celebrate and thank Mums for all they do for their families and the wider community.

But this Mothers’ Day (Sunday March 26), Harlow Labour is encouraging Mums and all those who value the contribution that mothers make to our community, to find out about their rights at work.

County Councillor Karen Clempner, herself a working Mum said today: “It’s a bit of a cliché but it’s true that mums are often so busy thinking about everybody else and juggling a myriad of tasks and pressures, that they just don’t have the time to think about their own needs and entitlements, let alone stand up for them.

“But in reality, women often face discrimination from the time they announce they’re pregnant, through their maternity leave and even when they return to work.

“Three quarters of mothers say they have had a negative or discriminatory experience during this period.

“This might be the way they are spoken to by their employer, the terms they’re offered for their maternity leave or negative consequences of flexible working arrangements.”

“As a society, we need to be much more aware of this – it isn’t just the responsibility of Mums to address this problem – it’s up to all of us. If we see this kind of behaviour happening to a woman in our workplace, we need to encourage her to stand up against it.”

Under Theresa May’s government the country has 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.

Eugenie Harvey, who is standing for Labour in Harlow South East in the forthcoming County Council elections: “We know from the doorsteps that childcare is a major issue for many working Mums with nearly all of their pay packet going towards paying for it.

“The childcare system in this country needs urgent reform – we need affordable, universal childcare for all. We need a system which ensures that those working in the childcare sector – who themselves are often working Mums – earn a decent wage commensurate with the immense responsibility of looking after small children.”

Your rights at work:

– All employees have the right to 52 weeks maternity leave and you may qualify for maternity pay. you have the right to health and safety protection for you and your baby
– You have the right to reasonable paid time off for your antenatal care
– You are entitled to all your contractual terms and conditions during maternity leave, apart from your pay
– You have the right to be offered a suitable alternative vacancy if you are made redundant during maternity leave
– You have the right to ask for flexible work
– You are protected against unfair treatment, unfair dismissal and discrimination because of pregnancy, childbirth and maternity leave

Further information – Maternity Action Helpline 0808 802 0029

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1 Comment for Harlow Labour calls on all Harlow Mums to know their rights this Mothers’ Day:

2017-03-23 16:58:55

How many hypocritical Labour MP's still employ staff on zero hours contracts then Karen?

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