26 September 2017

March of the Mummies!

So... the marches (#marchofthemummies) are taking place at 12 noon on Tuesday 31 October in cities across the UK: London, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle (TBC). Each of the events will begin with a rally followed by a march (with the exception of Belfast where there are restrictions on marching), and at the end of the march we'll present petitions to notable politicians (we hope) setting out each of our demands. 

Our demands are:

1) Increase the time limit to raise a tribunal claim from 3 months to (at least) 6 months for pregnant and postpartum women.

2) Require companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made and how many are granted.

3) Give fathers access to 6 weeks non-transferable paternity leave paid at 90% of salary.

4) Give the self employed access to statutory shared parental pay.

5) Subsidise childcare from 6 months old, rather than 3 years old. 
We want marchers to dress up as Mummies (the walking dead kind), capitalising on the Halloween date.

Some stats:
* 54,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs due to pregnancy or maternity leave (EHRC 2016)
* 77% of working mums have encountered negative or discriminatory treatment at work (EHRC 2016) 
* 2.2 million people stay at home to look after children, 60% of whom are looking to get back to work (My Family Care Survey 2015)
* 40% of employers say they would avoid hiring a woman of childbearing age (Slater and Gordon 2015) 
* 84% of generation Z and millennials seek flexibility when job hunting and the UK economy would be £165 million richer/more productive if all businesses got on board (Government’s capital and well being report 2017) 
* Nearly half of working mums think working flexibly has affected their ability to progress their career, although almost three quarters identify flexible work as crucial to getting more women into senior roles, ( annual survey 2017)
* 44% of working mums say they earn less than before they had children (Working mums research 2017)
* 1 in 5 new mums feel forced to leave their work when flexible working isn’t allowed.
* Half of employers still not offering flexible working arrangements 
* one in 10 job listings mention flexible working (CBI 2016)
* an OECD report found the UK to be one of the worst countries in the developed world to be a young mother seeking work.
For more information about the marches (for times etc) please visit Pregnant Then Screwed on Insta @pregnant_then_screwed or here to register your place on one of the marches! Keep an eye out for any updates or changes. 

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