Have any of you heard the old sayings "You have shot yourself in the foot" or "cut off your nose to spite your face". These apply to working mothers and for that matter the workforce in general.
I think most reasonable people do not have a problem with things like maternity rights and some leeway within reason for working mothers. Over many, many years they have abused it. They have been given an inch and they took a mile.
In the UK working mothers are helped out a hell of a lot.
Some working mothers want to pick the hours they work, start late and finish early for the school run. This is abused. In the UK most schools are able to accommodate children from 8.30 a.m. for breakfast clubs and so on. Most office workers start at 9.00 a.m. Why the hell the British tax payer has to fund childrens breakfast is beyond me. In my opinion it is the job of the parent to ensure their child has breakfast.
Where I work there are two working mothers who both live a 10 minute drive from work. They stroll in everyday at 9.30 a.m. Bear in mind I have already said that they could drop their kids off at school at 8.30 a.m. how the hell does it take 1 hour to do a 10 minute drive, even if you allow for rush hour traffic. To put the tin hat on it they complain about no parking spaces being left for them when they arrive. I should explain that we have limited parking for staff, its a first come, first serve basis. I get to work everyday at 8.30 a.m. eventhough I don't officially start until 9.00 a.m. but I want a parking space and am determined to get one. Do they seriously think that I should not take up one of those parking spaces and leave it for them, when they stroll in at 9.30 a.m.
One of them leaves at 3.30 p.m. everyday, the other works until 5.30 p.m. but finishes at 3.00 p.m. on a Friday - how convenient.
As for holidays, only two people in my department are allowed to be off work at any one time. It makes sense to me that if a particular date or time of year is important to you book it early. I always like Christmas off and Easter therefore I put my application form in months in advance. One of the working mothers left it until really late with her Christmas form, even though she knew the rules, she filling in the form and as she handed it to the Manager she said "I have to have Christmas off, I have children". Again she should have put her form in sooner. She got her wish and had the time off, but so did I.
I never get any time off in the Summer, except for one day which is a Bank Holiday. The summer months are dominated by the two working mothers. No one else gets a look in. One of my male colleagues never gets any time off in the summer either because of them and he has a legitmate excuse as his wife is a teacher.
One of the working mothers manages to get a lot of extra days of as her kid is always sick. I guess she is getting at least another 7 days a year out of it. It's all the usual kids sickness stuff, nothing serious.
It's the same for the work force in general as well. In the UK local authorities pay 6 months full sick pay and a further 6 months half sick pay. So basically you can have six months off sick every year without losing a penny of your income. There are plans to change it. Why because it's been so abused by employees. Many would treat the sick time as extra holidays.
Like I said people have shot themselves in the foot. Don't just blame the big corporations. Yes they are to blame but they are only reacting to stop bad practices in the workforce.