Oral question Parliament Oct 25th 2011
Maternity Leave directive.
How can you justify this proposal to treble maternity pay, requiring firms to pay new mothers full salary for 20 weeks. Don't you know we are in the middle of one of the worst recessions of modern times?
This will present businesses with the prospect of a £2 billion burden. Even my government opposes this move.
In addition you plan to extend minimum parental leave from 3 months to 4 months for each parent. That's separate from the maternity leave with one month of the four not transferrable to the other parent.
Is the Council prepared to compromise on main issues, like the duration of maternity leave and the level of payment?
Otherwise you intend to give member states 2 years to amend their laws, 'though how you can say their laws I don't know. This comes straight from the Commission factory and we shall oppose this job destroying proposal.
Derek Clark MEP Strasbourg 25th Oct 2011