Friday, March 14, 2008

Lifestyles and silliness

Trixy is getting really rather irate over the maternity pay bollocks.
Am getting rather enraged listening to the debate on Radio 2 about women and maternity leave. There was a woman on who was surprised when she applied for jobs to find out they didn't want to employ her because she was pregnant. Well, of course they don't.
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Why would someone, particularly in a small business, hire someone who is then going to stop work for at least a few months? They get trained up then they leave and the employer is stuck in the same place they were, except they now have the bother of maternity leave and pay. Their colleagues then also have to take on extra work with no more pay whilst someone gets paid for fulfilling their lifestyle choice. It's not discrimination, it's sensible business.

Quite. Go and read the rest of this tightly controlled rant...

6 comments:

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

Speaking of lifestyles and silliness...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7294860.stm

Anonymous said...

A company hiring men instead of women because of potential maternity cover (after which the woman may not come back anyway), is unfair, but completely rational.

Pregnant women employees should get generous, but refundable, maternity pay. Six months (maximum) off, and if they come back to work they keep the dosh. If they don't come back to work they have to refund the money in total.

verity said...

3:53 Were you born stupid, or did you work into it?

verity said...

Are you stupid enough to think that women who promised to come back to work and then thought "Ooops! I don't want to!" are going to pay this money back?

Anonymous said...

Verity, what the hell are you doing posting at 3am? You fool. Go to bed like normal people do.

On your point, I think some wouldn't pay it back, you're right. But some would women would, particularly with the prior threat of court action. People just get scared - "They'll find me!" - it's natural.

And besides what have the company lost? The would have had to pay her the maternity cover anyway. This way some (maybe most) would pay it back. I guess I have a higher opinion of people than you.

It's just an idea towards the debate anyway. What is your idea?

Budgie said...

Pregnancy is not a disease.

Scrap maternity/paternity leave/pay. A woman can then leave without having any pressure to return to work.

In the meantime another person will have 'taken' 'her' job. But the there will be exactly the same supply/demand for labour as before. So she will be able to return to the job market when it suits her.

And maybe someone else (another woman?) will have the opportunity for a permanent position where before they may have had to accept only a short term contract.