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EU Commission moves to axe Maternity Directive- Lynn Boylan MEP

15 December, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has slammed the commission over moves to axe the long stalled maternity leave directive.

Speaking today from Strasbourg Ms. Boylan said:

“The draft maternity legislation was adopted by the democratically elected parliament in 2010 and the aim of the directive is to strengthen women’s rights by ensuring that 20 weeks of fully paid maternity leave becomes standard practice across the European Union.

The Commission is now itching to kill this legislation under the guise of “good legislative management” and removing red tape to help businesses.

Numerous global reports have found that women have suffered the most in the recession especially in relation to employment; this fact coupled with the EU commission enforcing austerity measures on bailout countries like Ireland has resulted in Fine Gael and Labour seeing women as easy targets for cuts.

This government cut maternity benefit for most women by €32 per week in 2014 and the year before that it made the benefit taxable. Child benefit, while rising by €5 in January, was cut by €400m since 2009.

The new directive would go a long way in protecting female workers in Ireland and includes measures to protect women from losing their job after they leave, extends rights to domestic workers and adoptive mothers and includes a two-week fully paid paternity leave.”

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