Family Groups - Women
What is Labour doing for… women?
• One million women have higher pay, thanks to the minimum
wage. And we’re working to reduce the gap between men's
and women's earnings;
• increased maternity pay and leave, and a new right
to request flexible working, so mothers can better balance
work and family life;
• a National Childcare Strategy, and help with childcare
costs, through tax credits, benefiting nearly 1.3 million
Women can be mothers, pensioners, students, workers, taxpayers,
patients, victims of crime and mortgage payers. Women represent
the majority of those working in, and using our public services.
Women can feel safer in their communities and can have more
faith in our schools and hospitals thanks to our massive investment
and reforms in public services.
New rights to help people combine work and family life, and
greater help for families with children have helped to improve
life for women and their families.
Domestic violence is an appalling crime, which has a terrible
impact on the lives of thousands of women and their children.
That’s why we’re taking action including new laws
to reduce domestic violence, which currently accounts for
25 per cent of violent crime.
• Supporting mothers: National Childcare Strategy supports
choice by expanding good quality, affordable childcare. Maternity
pay has increased to £102.80 a week. Paid maternity
leave also rose from 14 to 26 weeks.
• A fair deal at work: Around one million women have
benefited from the introduction of the minimum wage.
• Security in retirement: Helping the poorest and most
vulnerable pensioners, the majority of whom are women, through
free TV licences for over 75s, the winter fuel payment and
the new Pensions Credit.
• A public voice: campaigned to encourage more women
onto the boards of national public bodies. Parties now have
the right to take measures to increase the numbers of women
elected at all levels – only Labour has used these new
powers. Labour in Westminster currently have 95 women MPs,
23 per cent of our total this compares with just 14 Conservative
women MPs (8 per cent) and 5 Lib Dem women MPs (10 per cent).
• Europe has been at the forefront of securing equal
rights. Labour successfully negotiated and signed up to the
European Employment Directive to give greater protection in
the workplace and to safeguard lesbians and gay men from being
sacked from their jobs because of their sexuality.
• In Europe, Labour continues to demand a fairer deal
for women. Labour MEPs backed laws for “equal pay for
work of equal value” which strengthened equal pay legislation.
• The Tories don’t believe in our fairness at
work agenda. Their attacks on basic minimum standards like
a fair wage, decent holiday entitlement and a safe workplace
would have a devastating impact on working women.
• The Tories opposed the National Minimum wage, which
benefits over a million women.
• The Tories would axe Labour’s tax credits that
benefit millions of women and their families.
Women & equality unit, call 0845 001 0029
• Rachael Saunders, Labour Party Women’s Officer,
08705 900 200
– the Equal Opportunities Commission
– The Fawcett Society, campaign for women's rights at
home, at work and in public life.
Policies relating to childcare and domestic violence are devolved
to Scotland and Wales, UK-wide issues such as the employment
rights are reserved to Westminster.