"Costly & regressive" maternity proposals resisted by UK Government
The UK Government joined forced with seven other EU countries this week to express their concerns about a proposed new Pregnant Workers Directive.
The proposals put forward by the European Parliament would provide 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay.
Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment, who represented the Government during the meeting where issues such as pensions, gender equality, employment policy and climate change were also discussed said:
“This is an important development. Member States have made plain their concerns. There couldn’t be a clearer sign of the strength of feeling than the joint statement tabled today.”