Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Calls for stronger EU-wide maternity and paternity rights

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Anneliese has called on the Commission to provide stronger maternity and paternity rights.

The resolution - which Tory MEPs voted against - follows four years of deadlock over the 2010 maternity leave directive which aims to extend the minimum length of maternity leave and protect the health and safety of workers who have recently returned to work after giving birth.

MEPs also called for legislation to establish paid paternity leave.

Anneliese said “I’m proud that Labour MEPs today voted to push the European Commission to do more to protect maternity rights, and to create paid paternity leave. Greater flexibility doesn’t only benefit families, but also businesses, as productivity is higher when employees are treated with respect.”

Mary Honeyball MEP, member of the European Parliament women's rights and gender equality committee, said: "Unlike the Tories, who voted against today's resolution, Labour has led the way in advancing the rights of working parents.

"If women are to play their full part in our economic recovery, and if we are to boost employment, it is clear we need to provide flexibility for mothers returning to the labour market after pregnancy.

"This is why Europe needs a modern maternity leave framework that enables mothers, and fathers, to balance their work and family lives."

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