The Government has been consulting on changes to maternity and paternity leave as part of its Modern Workplaces Consultation. They are considering reducing maternity leave to 18 weeks. You can read Maternity Action’s response to these proposals here
Working Familieshave launched a six months for mums campaign arguing that mothers need six months to recover from birth and prepare to return to work:
‘Current law allows most women to return to work after two weeks, but the presumption is that women will take 52 weeks’ leave unless they tell employers they want to come back sooner. Under potential Government plans, the presumption will be 18 weeks of leave after which you will have to negotiate with your employer.
We’re campaigning for at minimum standard of 26 weeks (six months) of maternity leave for all women and want to know if six months matters/ed to you.
Whether you’re about to have a baby, are in the middle of maternity leave or you’re back at work, we would like to hear your stories.
What do you remember as the best bit of maternity leave?
When were you ready to organise childcare or negotiate working patterns? When did you start getting any sleep?
And most critically, would you have been ready to return to work after 18 weeks?
If you believe that six months maternity leave matters for mums and babies, please help us:
1 Tell us your stories on Working Families FACEBOOK page here
Upload your pictures of your baby between 4 and 6 months and tell us
why six months mattered to you.
2 Take the NetMums survey this week here:
3 And spread the word by emailing this message to six more friends and ask them to tell us why six months mattered/s to them