Honeyball’s Weekly Round Up

Labour Party

I was shocked to learn that pregnant women are continuing to report instances of discrimination by their bosses.

An article in the Guardian last week said that following the financial crisis, there has been a sharp rise in the number of women who have lost their jobs as a result of pregnancy, according to campaigners and lawyers.

The report quotes Rosalind Bragg, director of the advice and campaigning group Maternity Action, who says even before the downturn 30,000 women each year lost their jobs because of pregnancy discrimination.

The situation has become much worse since the economic downturn.

‘We see a lot of cases of pregnant women and women on maternity leave who are selected for redundancy because of their pregnancy,’ she said in the report. This is in spite of strict maternity and paternity legislation put in place specifically to protect women from this kind of behaviour by ruthless employers.

You can read the full article here:

Greece faced yet another challenging week when it PM won a vote of confidence in the Greek parliament by a majority of three votes. The PM, Papandreou must now attempt to force through hugely unpopular austerity measures.

I wrote about the Greek bail out and what I felt Britain’s effort should be in this earlier in the week for Public Service Europe. You can read the article in full here.

It’s the UKs biggest ticketing exercise ever carried out but it has not been entirely without controversy. Despite organisers insisting their system could cope with the latest sales there is frustration at the errors.

In the second round 10 sports sold out in two hours and in some cases you could buy tickets for sports which had already sold out.

London 2012 organisers promised their system could cope with the latest sales. But things weren’t that simple for everyone. You can read exactly what went wrong here.