Belfast Telegraph

Mums start campaign on work rights

By Alan Jones

A campaign group is to stage a Halloween protest in Belfast to highlight "archaic" behaviour by some employers towards pregnant women.

Two demonstrations on Halloween day will be held in Belfast and Westminster, led by Pregnant Then Screwed. The protest is calling for improved employment and childcare arrangements, including changing the limitation on bringing a discrimination case from three to six months.

Several groups, including Working Families and Parental Pay Equality, are supporting the protest, dubbed March Of The Mummies.

Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: "March Of The Mummies is our first demonstration, and we are encouraging those attending to dress up as mummies (the walking dead kind) to highlight the archaic behaviour of some employers today. Despite many advances in gender equality, maternity discrimination is rife and discussion remains taboo."

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