The United Kingdom’s opposition Labour party pledged on Friday November 8th to improve equality in the workplace as part of its general election campaign, with the party planning to introduce maternity pay for a full year, as well as pushing more flexible working hours.
Labour is promising a "step-change" in women's working rights, the Guardian reported. If the party wins the general election, the length of statutory maternity pay will increase from nine months to a year, it stated in its manifesto.
Campaigning is in full swing for the mid-December general election, as voters are scheduled to vote at the polls on December 12th.
Other ideas to improve equality include managers at large firms receiving training in supporting staff going through the menopause and enabling all employees to have having the right to work flexibly.
Workers would be allowed to choose working hours that suit them through a “presumption in favour of flexible work,” designed to put responsibility on employers. They would have to explain why, should they decide to say they were unable to offer a flexible working arrangement.
The Conservative party reacted to the announcements by saying they would introduce "responsible reforms" to get more women into work.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, cited by the BBC, said Labour's "reckless plans would cripple businesses across the country.”