Let's be clear - maternity rights
are not just about helping women.
"We could say to companies receiving public money or public contracts, you have to have a gender pay audit and to be transparent about what you're paying staff and your maternity rights
"The social protections and benefits membership has given us - from maternity rights
to workers' rights to freedom of movement - are almost so ingrained in our daily lives that it is easy to take them for granted.
The EU protects paid leave, maternity rights
and equal rights for agency workers.
Additionally, the maternity rights
granted under DIFC Employment Law apply also to female employees adopting a child.
A rampant Conservative party proposes privatisation of the NHS, banning strikes in all public services, ends collective bargaining and wants to outlaw equality legislation including maternity rights
. Unite would have to speak out against all these attacks, but that is only possible with
In relation to maternity rights
, the current 52 weeks' maternity leave would remain, but the mother could elect to end her maternity leave after two weeks and share the remaining 50 weeks' of leave with her eligible partner, known as "flexible parental leave".
Motherhood is a magic wand that represents the selflessness of women, but society throws a blanket of mistrust over women who wish to exercise their maternity rights
and to determine the number and spacing of their children.
Other options mentioned in the consultation include: the availability of adequate child/dependent care facilities; giving the same maternity rights
to women entrepreneurs as to employees; or offering grants to unemployed seniors to become entrepreneurs.
Al Watan Maternity rights
for policewomen Policewomen will be granted the same rights to maternity leave as women in the public sector, Shura Council members agreed yesterday.
Foreign women should also have custody of their children in disputes and be given maternity rights
similar to their Bahraini counterparts, expats agreed.
Feminists apparently see her as a traitor to all other women because her early return to work, they say, is an example that could be used to undermine hard-won maternity rights
, putting women back in the dark ages.