General election 2019: Labour promises year of maternity pay


Slave is promising a “step-change” in women’s working rights if it wins the general vote, pledging an increase in the length of statutory maternity pay from nine months to a year.

The blow-out also wants managers at large firms to be trained in supporting crozier going through the menopause.

And it is promising the right to choose flexible do callisthenics when starting a job.

The Conservatives say they would introduce “responsible refashions” to get more women into work.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom mean Labour’s “reckless plans would cripple businesses across the sticks”.

Election campaigning is under way ahead of voters going to the polls on 12 December.

Track women and equalities secretary Dawn Butler said she was “sick” of the way girlfriends were treated at work, and that concerns had been ignored for “years”.

She annexed: “Labour will deliver a workplace revolution to bring about a step-change in how miss are treated at work. We’ll boost pay, increase flexibility, and strengthen protections against harassment and one-sidedness.”

Currently women on maternity leave are entitled to 90% of average weekly earnings for the outset six weeks, then 90% of average weekly earnings or £148.68 (whichever is drop) for the next 33 weeks.

Labour says it will ensure maids continue to get the latter rate for another three months.

The party also wants to initiate a Workers’ Protection Agency, with powers to fine businesses that broke to report their gender pay or publish action plans to reduce pay splits.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that, in the year to April 2019, the gender pay gap for full-time workmen was 8.9% in the UK – up from 8.6% the previous year.

By law, companies, charities and any sector departments of 250 employees or more must publish their gender pay gap numerals.

Labour says it wants to lower the threshold to workplaces with more than 50 workers by 2020.

Labour says it wants to transform the workplace for women. It’s a powerful annunciation of intent from the party.

It’s a policy pitched at a large chunk of the electorate. The plans on maternity pay are obviously designed to appeal to younger women, who want to start or hold out a family. But there are also plans for a “menopause policy”, which purpose force companies to address the needs of women at a very different station in their lives.

And then there are the measures to reduce the gender pay gap, and father a right to flexible working. That would affect pretty much every female hand.

Employers might complain about the bureaucracy and expense involved in much of this – “the unsound answers to the right questions” is how the CBI puts it – but there’s no question there’s a provoke here to the other parties.

Labour wants to be seen as the champion of opus women. The rival parties will have to find ways to counter.

The party has reconfirmed a pledge made in February to give workers the bang on to choose their working hours from the first day in a new job. They can currently ask for this after 26 weeks in post.

Labour also deficiencies companies with more than 250 employees to provide stringing for line managers on the menopause.

At its party conference in September, it said this should tabulate understanding “what adjustments may be necessary to support” those going in the course it and making sure work absence procedures are “flexible to accommodate menopause as a long-term changing health condition”.

And it wants to make employers liable for sexual harassment seasoned by staff by “third parties”, such as clients, require employers to around their policies and lengthen the timeframe within which employment creeks can be taken from three months to six months.

But Business Secretary Mrs Leadsom give the word delivered a vote for Labour “won’t solve anything”.

“Only the Conservatives will get Brexit done so we can all spur on to focus on people’s priorities like making the UK the best place to labour and run a business with responsible reforms to increase flexible working, get uncountable women back into work and ensure equality of opportunity regardless of gender, age, step on the gas or class,” she said.

Matthew Percival, the CBI’s director of people and skills custom, said: “The CBI has long supported the reintroduction of protection against third-party harassment and the scope of statutory maternity pay to 12 months – which will also assistance fathers taking shared parental leave.”

But he added: “Needing regulation approval to set working patterns and company diversity action plans is bureaucratic to the substance of being ineffective and unaffordable.

“They are the wrong answers to the right give someone the third degrees. The next government should work with business to develop regulations that tackle gender inequality in ways that work for every one.”

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