Work-Life balance : finally an agreement improving legislation.

24.01.19

Make Mothers Matter welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on the new directive on work-life balance for parents and caregivers.

Make Mothers Matter is proud, thanks to its joint work with other European NGOs, to have contributed to this progress and a change in the European legislative framework. It is particularly relevant to families in Member States currently benefiting from insufficient measures to promote a better balance between work and family life.

The agreement therefore represents a minimum standard for all EU countries and must be considered as such. Nothing prevents Member states from raising this standard and we advise civil society specially our member associations in each of the countries concerned to ask for more.

This text is to be welcomed which is a real step forward for the advocacy for the rights of mothers, as well as the better recognition and remuneration of the care provided by families. The agreement includes the following measures:

  • 10 days of paternity leave granted to the father following the birth of their child, paid at sick pay level.
  • 4 months of parental leave, including 2 non-transferable months between parents, with a salary determined by the Member States for these two months.
  • Carer’s leave, equal to 5 days per worker per year, payment of which will be decided by national governments.
  • The right to request flexible working conditions for all parents of children until 8 years and carers (teleworking, working time reduction and flexible working hours)

This agreement must now be officially voted by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission.

We regret, however, that this agreement does not take into account:

  • Maternity leave.
  • The right to request flexible working conditions.
  • The situation of the self-employed.

We hope that this will be included in the programme of the next European Commission.
For more details: European Commission – Declaration

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