Maternity Rights (1)

MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Maternity rights is becoming an increasing issue  and in a report earlier this year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that over three-quarters of pregnant women and new mothers - the equivalent of 390,000 women - experience negative and potentially discriminatory treatment at work each year, an increase since 2005. How will you, in your role as Mayor of London, help to tackle this important issue?


Answer for Maternity Rights (1)

Answer for Maternity Rights (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is deeply troubling that so many women still potentially face this type of discrimination in the workplace. The same EHRC research noted that British businesses are losing nearly £280 million a year (in recruitment, productivity and legal costs) due to women being forced out of their jobs through pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Nobody wins when working mothers are discriminated against.

And while I have no legal remit over statutory maternity rights, I will continue to work with London businesses to promote flexible working, equal pay and an inclusive and productive work environment. The CBI stated earlier this month that working mothers should get longer statutory maternity pay and free childcare to encourage more women into the workforce. The GLA group are leading by example in our own workforce with the generous and non- discriminatory maternity policies offered, our  commitment to publishing the recently completed gender pay gap audit, an action plan to address this pay gap and a firm commitment to flexible working.