‘Brexit cannot stand in way of working carer protections’ - Gildernew
Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has said Brexit cannot be allowed to impact on the implementation of EU support measures for working carers.
New measures include carers leave arrangements to enable working carers to avail of five days annual leave per year and extends the right to request flexible working arrangements.
Colm Gildernew said:
“I welcome the adoption of new EU measures which will provide much needed relief for working carers.
“If implemented fully these rights will have an enormous impact given that there are 125,000 working carers currently in the north.
“It is clear that the lack of work-life balance for carers is a major issue and in many cases has led to carers giving up their employment in order to fulfil their caring responsibilities.
“These new measures which include five days annual leave per year and the right to request flexible working arrangements which will help to address imbalance for working carers.
“EU member states have three years to implement this new directive. Brexit cannot be allowed to stand in the way of better protections for our carers. These new measures must be implemented as soon as possible.”