Cosatu, NGOs want 11 months’ maternity leave

2014-07-29 08:51

Trade unions and nongovermental organisations (NGOs) have called for 11 months’ maternity leave.

This followed a recent conference where unions and NGOs noted inconsistencies in legislation and bargaining agreements, which made women feel punished for having children, The Times reported today.

Cosatu gender forum chairperson Sharone Daniels was quoted as saying: “The current legislation appears to have been written without consideration of women in the workplace.

“It was expected that women would be pregnant and chained to the stove. The law has to change to accommodate women.”

Many at the conference felt the current four months of maternity leave allowed to new mothers was far too short to bond with their newly born child.

SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry senior policy consultant Pietman Roos said if maternity leave was extended, employing women would be seen as a risk to companies.

“It’s a cost factor. It would ultimately affect the chances of getting a job for all women,” he told the newspaper.

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