Despite the existence of legislation protecting pregnant workers from discrimination and providing rights for working parents, 54,000 pregnant women and new mothers are forced out of their jobs each year. Many thousands more face harassment, reduced income levels and loss of prospects. Unions are instrumental in supporting pregnant workers and pushing for better workplace culture and policies in this area. This LRD booklet aims to help union reps by explaining the law against pregnancy discrimination and how it is applied, setting out the pay and leave rights of working parents and providing guidance on collective action in the workplace to improve the situation for all pregnant workers and returning mothers.
The popular LRD Booklets provide invaluable information on a range of trade union and labour movement concerns. An average of 10 or 11 booklets are produced each year. There are guides to issues that are permanently on the trade union agenda - such as health and safety, state benefits and sick pay - as well as rapid analysis of new developments affecting trade unionists - such as new employment laws and codes.