Advocating for family needs in the Work-life balance EU directive proposal

31.10.18

Since the European Commission published a proposal of EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and family carers in April 2017, MMM has been actively following the legislative process and engaging with policy makers. This proposal includes paid paternity leave of 10 days, 4 months paid non-transferable parental leave per parent, paid carer’s leave of 5 days per year and the right to request flexible working conditions (telework, reduction of working time and flexible schedules).

During the month of June 2018, we joined forces with other 3400 NGOs and Trade Unions from all around Europe asking Members States to reach a common position. On 21st June 2018, the Employment Council agreed on a position on the Work-Life Balance Directive and the European Parliament voted the text in July.

In September, discussions among the three institutions (“trialogues”) to reach a common text started and are currently ongoing. We hope that in the next weeks an agreement is formed, and we are working with other members of the civil society to keep the discussions going via social media and other communication means.

Therefore, until the EU Work-Life Balance Directive is formally adopted hopefully by December 2018, we are calling on everyone to spread the word and support us by getting involved in this latest social media wave using the hashtag #IWantWorkLifeBalance.

We have also launched a joint statement on 5th November ahead of the 6th and 19th  November trialogues asking to reach an agreement before the end of the year and include a life-cycle approach:

  • EU paternity leave of at least ten days paid at least at 80%;
  • Improvement of the parental leave scheme, four months paid at least at 78% of previous earnings until 12 years old of the child and leave to the families the choice to transfer 1 or 2 months to the other parent
  • The right to request flexible working arrangements for parents of children until 18 years old and carers (telework, flexible schedules and reducing working time)
  • EU carers’ leave scheme of 5 days per year paid at least 78% of previous earnings

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