March held against working mothers’ discrimination

The ‘march of the mummies’ campaign to raise awareness of illegal discrimination against pregnant women and mothers. It took place along Queen Street, Cardiff.

It was organised by ‘Pregnant then Screwed’, led by the first candidate for the Women’s Equality party, Sarah Rees.

The government says that its maternity leave was ‘one of the most generous’. However the campaign has a variety of demands for the UK government:

  • To increase time limits to raise a tribunal claim from three months to six months.
  • Companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made, and how many are granted.
  • Give Fathers access to six weeks non-transferrable paternity leave at 90% of their salary.
  • To give self-employed people access to statutory share parental pay.
  • To subsidise child care from six months rather than three years.

The Government commissioned a report into maternity discrimination, noting that up to 54,000 women lose their jobs every year after pregnancy.

A UK governmental spokesperson voiced: “The UK’s maternity leave system is one of the most generous in the world, with eligible working parents able to benefit from up to 50 weeks of shared parental leave, a right to request flexible working and £2,000-a-year of tax-free childcare per child.

They followed it up by claiming the situation surrounding discrimination in the workplace is ‘illegal in any form’ and that they are ‘considering ways of ensuring new and expectant mums feel properly supported and protected at work.’

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