Frances O’Grady says maternity rights are elementary justice for working mothers

Tim Lezard

UKIPThe TUC has criticised UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom after he told radio listeners that women of childbearing age should not be employed because maternity rights are too “draconian”.

Bloom made the comments on Radio Five Live’s John Pienaar programme.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Godfrey Bloom should know better than to encourage employers to break the law. Maternity rights are neither draconian nor political correctness gone mad – they are elementary justice for working mothers.”

It is not the first time Bloom has got into trouble for his misogynistic views. He made similar comments on his election in 2004, saying “No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age.”

Earlier, he stated he wanted to deal with women’s issues because “they did not clean behind the fridge enough”.

He also once commented on a student visiting Brussels, saying: “Isn’t she the most delicious bimbette? Absolutely thick, but good tits.”


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