This Mother’s Day, don’t let the Tories keep mum about workers’ rights

March 12, 2010 9:20 am

Keeping Mum

By Glenys Kinnock

To mark Mother’s Day, Unions Together asked members for their best slogans to let the public know what the Tories really stand for when it comes to rights for working mums and families. They produced some great suggestions; we received incredible ideas to send the Tories a message in no uncertain terms.

We’ve selected our favourite one, and yesterday we drove right up to Tory headquarters with a mobile billboard that reads:

“Keeping ‘Mum’ in this election? Don’t. Don’t let the Tories threaten working families’ rights.”

But if we know David Cameron, he’ll try to dismiss this giant message as just one person’s opinion. We must show him – and the Tory Party – that this message is coming from us all; that we’re all going to keep standing up for our rights.

Sign your name to our petition telling the Tories you’re not keeping ‘mum’ in this election. We need to ask people: why do the Conservatives insist on being so virulently anti-European that they would withdraw from the rights for working mums and families – things like guaranteed paid leave and part-time workers’ rights?

They demonstrate obsessive Euro-scepticism instead of good, old-fashioned common sense!

We can’t just sit back while David Cameron and the Tories threaten to undermine our rights. European laws preventing discrimination against pregnant and breast-feeding mums will just be the start – Cameron’s dogma drive would never end.

Our rights are important. The Tories like to claim to be family-friendly, but with policies like these we know that’s not true.

Please add your name to mine in support of our campaign telling the Tories that we’re not keeping ‘mum’ in this election!

Families can’t afford to take a risk with the Tories. Together, we’ll send that message out loud and clear.

Comments are closed

Latest

  • News Weekly survey: Crime commissioners, Douglas Carswell and Labour defections

    Weekly survey: Crime commissioners, Douglas Carswell and Labour defections

    The role of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) has been in the news lately, with the low turnout at the recent West Midlands by-election and the Rotherham abuse scandal becoming focussed on the refusal to quit by the South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright. LabourList reported this weekend that Labour are planning to abolish PCCs after the election next year. Should the role be discontinued? Or is there just a better way of making them work? The defection of Douglas Carswell […]

    Read more →
  • Comment It shouldn’t cost so much to be a candidate

    It shouldn’t cost so much to be a candidate

    I love the Labour party. I enjoy canvassing, I pay my subs, go to the various fundraising dinners and vote in National Executive Committee (NEC) elections. I, like many, hate the constant barrage of ‘please donate’ emails and fear the dreaded fundraising call. And if I feel like that, imagine the dread felt by a candidate when they receive such a call. Don’t believe that happens? Hard to believe as it is, on more than one occasion now I have […]

    Read more →
  • News Jim Murphy resumes “100 streets” referendum tour after nationalist abuse

    Jim Murphy resumes “100 streets” referendum tour after nationalist abuse

    Jim Murphy is resuming his soapbox street meetings tour of Scotland tomorrow, after suspending it last week in the face of increasing co-ordinated abuse by supporters of independence. These protests at Murphy’s open-air meetings came to the attention of the media (and the police) when the Shadow Defence Secretary was hit with eggs last week. In a blog for the Spectator this weekend, Murphy explains how the organised groups go beyond the “normal cut and thrust” of politics that the meetings […]

    Read more →
  • News 16-24 year olds more likely to vote Labour, poll finds

    16-24 year olds more likely to vote Labour, poll finds

    A voting attitudes poll has found that young people, between the ages of 16-24, are more likely to vote Labour in the next general election. The poll, carried out by Survation between 21st-26th August for Sky News, saw 1,003 young people asked about their attitudes towards politics and their voting intentions in the next general election. Of those who said they would be voting, 35% said that they would vote Labour, while only 12% opted for the Conservatives and a mere […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Scotland When it comes to the referendum, let’s remember “in unity is strength”

    When it comes to the referendum, let’s remember “in unity is strength”

    In the coming days UK Labour leader Ed Miliband will be here in Scotland – making the case for shared solidarity across these islands.He’ll arrive in the wake of a difficult summer for David Cameron and a growing sense that we can secure a Labour Government in next May’s general election.This view that Labour can win in 9 months time finds no place in the Nationalists’ narrative. They had hoped to be able to tell voters that Tory victory was […]

    Read more →