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A bad week for women in EU and in Ireland- Lynn Boylan MEP

1 July, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has expressed her disappointment with the EU Commission as it today announced the withdrawal of the draft EU directive on maternity leave.

Speaking today the Sinn Féin representative said:

“The draft maternity legislation was adopted by the 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 move to withdraw this directive is nothing short of scandalous and adds to the backlash against women’s rights, especially here in Ireland where women have been repeatedly victimised by Labour cuts to child benefit, back to school clothing allowances and now lone parent payments.

"Additionally childcare provision in Ireland is wholly inadequate. Is it any wonder it is predominantly women working under precarious contract terms and continue to earn less which, in turn contributes to the EU's gender and pension pay gap.

“The proposed directive would have also included provisions on paternity leave, so a blow was also struck to parental leave rights.

“The Commission has yet again has chosen to capitulate to the business lobby over strengthening equality.”

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