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Axing maternity leave directive a disgrace-Lynn Boylan MEP

30 January, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has slammed the European Commission's plans to remove the stalled maternity leave directive from its work plan for 2015.

Ms Boylan was in Dublin attending the EU Affairs Committee on the European Commission Work Programme for 2015.

Addressing the committee the Dublin MEP said:

“A significant element of President Juncker’s work plan involves a nod to corporate interests to the detriment of citizens, especially women. 

For example, the draft maternity legislation looks set to face the chop. The legislation was adopted by the European parliament in 2010 with the aim of strengthening women’s rights by ensuring that 20 weeks of fully paid maternity leave becomes standard practice across the European Union.

The directive has now been stuck in the Council for several years and the European Commission has indicated it will withdraw it if no agreement on it can be found between the European Parliament and the Council by summer.

So it’s business as usual at the European Commission. If you oppose and attempt to delay on what you’re against, it will be stalled indefinitely and then tossed into legislative oblivion. This so called sunset clause invoked by the Commission is more like lights out for the maternity leave directive!”

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