Minister to lobby on the Pregnant Workers Directive
Employment Minister Chris Grayling is in Brussels today, where he will reiterate the UK’s opposition to maternity leave proposals put forward by MEPs last October. If they were adopted, the proposals would provide employees with 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay, at a cost estimated to be more than £2 billion per year for the UK.
At a previous meeting in December, seven member states signed a minute expressing concern about the proposals. Until all member states reach agreement, the draft directive can make no further progress.