SMALL FIRMS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SACK PREGNANT EMPLOYEES – Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP, is once again thrown into the limelight over what most are calling a draconian remark.
You will no doubt recall Godfrey Bloom’s recent remark referring to African states as ‘Bongo Bongo’ land in his frustration as to why Britain is pouring billions in Foreign Aid into other countries whilst Britain languishes in Government austerity measures.
Now Mr. Bloom has made another startling revelation for he feels bosses of small firms should be allowed to sack any woman who becomes pregnant and further suggests that many small firms avoid hiring women of a child bearing age for fear of the costs if they do fall pregnant.
Mr. Bloom insists he is not a misogynist dinosaur as he actually employs mostly young women but insists the burden on small businesses is simply too great.
According to Mr. Bloom the current employment law is draconian and needs tearing up so that employers are not forced to provide payment whilst mothers are on maternity leave and expect their jobs to be waiting for them when they decide to return to work.
Mr. Bloom, during a radio interview with London’s LBC, said that ‘feminism’ hasn’t done the working woman any real favours and more importantly harmed their ability to find employment.
The radio discussion was primarily over the argument for those against ‘boardroom quotas’ in response to a recent debate as to whether legislation should be enacted in order to provide a more balanced make up of men and women in boardroom positions.
“You cannot legislate for human nature and nor should you. Men and women are different yet there is no golden rule.
Most women can find the mustard in the pantry quicker than a man and most men can reverse a car better than a woman.” Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP
So does Mr. Bloom have a point? Discrimination laws in the UK are wide and varied and are designed to make us more appreciative and tolerant of one another; for those who break these laws the punishment often involves some form of financial penalty.
I certainly don’t have a problem with a woman working in any position; whether it’s sweeping the factory floor or being the CEO of a multi-national conglomerate. Jobs should be awarded by ability and gender should never play a part in the decision process when hiring.
Come to think of it neither should the colour of a person’s skin or their ethnicity but it is clear that current legislation requires firms to hire certain numbers of ethnic workers so that they do not discriminate; or rather are seen as not to discriminate.
As for dismissing a female employee for getting pregnant I personally don’t see the issue and each employer should be allowed to do so if they see fit.
Couples who decided to have children make a clear lifestyle choice and such a choice should not be a burden on the employer. It could be argued that any employer who is forced, through legislation, to provide paid maternity leave is being discriminated against as it is automatically assumed that the employer is wealthy enough to carry the burden.
We so often talk about equality and yet our natural make up divides us enormously and producing legislation so that it can suppress or remove the obvious natural difference for the sake of what is nothing more that political correctness is sheer and utter madness.
Mr. Bloom has a point because nobody is asking the employer if the business can sustain payment for someone who is non-productive during the period of pregnancy and maternity leave.
We talk about creating an enlightened and equal society and yet there is nothing equitable about forcing an employer to support a woman’s right to maternity leave when it is clearly a lifestyle choice of the woman.
Do you think small firms, or indeed all firms, should be allowed to sack a woman who gets pregnant? Please leave your comments below.