There was a great atmosphere at the Pregnant Then Screwed #MarchOfTheMummies, which I spoke at on Saturday.
March of the Mummies is a protest for families to shine a light on the UKs appalling record:
- We have the second most expensive childcare system in the world due to years of underfunding from our Government
- We have the third worst ranking maternity pay, and the least generous paternity leave, in Europe
- Mothers face a pay penalty of 45% lower earnings in the 6 years after giving birth
- 3 in 4 job adverts fail to mention flexible working, yet 82% of Brits want to work flexibly
Read more here.
The fight for high quality and affordable childcare, for flexible working as the default, and for ring fenced, properly paid parental leave, are part of a bigger fight for an economy and society where everyone is looked after.
The fight for universal childcare and a fair deal for parents is part of the same fight as for a good NHS, and for fair pay for posties and railway workers and nurses. These struggles are linked, and we should work together to make our individual fights about a collective endeavour for a progressive society and a better future for all.