New mums ‘forced to quit jobs’

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEW -

THE Govern­ment is be­ing urged to con­duct a “rad­i­cal re­think” of le­gal pro­tec­tions for preg­nant women and new moth­ers to stop many los­ing their jobs.

The Ma­ter­nity Al­liance said one in 20 new moth­ers will be made re­dun­dant dur­ing preg­nancy, while on ma­ter­nity leave or shortly af­ter re­turn­ing to work. Ros­alind Bragg, the char­ity’s Di­rec­tor of Ma­ter­nity Ac­tion, said some of re­dun­dan­cies were dis­crim­i­na­tory, and many were “com­pletely un­fair.”

She added: “Women are be­ing forced out of their jobs by re­dun­dan­cies which are not gen­uine and by dis­crim­i­na­tory se­lec­tion pro­cesses.

“Women who have chal­lenged bad prac­tice by their em­ploy­ers are at par­tic­u­lar risk.

“We are call­ing for the UK to adopt the Ger­man model of re­dun­dancy pro­tec­tion for new moth­ers.

“Women should not be made re­dun­dant, ex­cept in lim­ited cir­cum­stances, from no­ti­fi­ca­tion of their preg­nancy through to six months af­ter re­turn to work.”

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