Take action to protect pregnant women and new mothers against unfair redundancies!
There is growing evidence that, unlike in the economic recession that followed the 2008 financial crash, it is women – and especially working mothers – whose jobs are most at risk as the Government’s COVID19 support schemes wind down over the coming months, and the UK economy contracts.
As long ago as January 2017, the Government accepted the case for strengthening the existing legal protection against unfair redundancy for new mothers, but has not yet done so. With pregnant women and new mothers facing a new wave of discrimination and unfair redundancies, urgent action is now needed if we are not to see a reversal of years of welcome progress on the Gender Pay Gap and other inequalities.
Fortunately, the Government has an opportunity to act quickly. On 8 July, Maria Miller MP, a former Cabinet minister and previous Chair of the Women & Equalities Committee, introduced her Pregnancy & Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill. This would replace the existing, wholly inadequate legal protection against redundancy for new mothers with a new framework, similar to that used in Germany, under which both pregnant women and new mothers can be made redundant only in very limited circumstances.
Along with organisations including the Fawcett Society, Gingerbread, Pregnant Then Screwed and Working Families, and trade unions including UNISON, Unite and Usdaw, Maternity Action is calling on the Government to adopt Mrs Miller's Bill as its own, and ensure the Bill's rapid passage through Parliament and onto the Statute Book in the Autumn.
YOU can support us by writing to your local MP to ask them to press ministers to adopt Mrs Miller's Bill. It takes just a few minutes to send our model email to your MP. Just click on this link, enter your postcode, and we do the rest.