Self-employed want maternity leave

8th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - FNV trade union confederation announced on its website that Minister for Social Affairs Piet Hein Donner will be looking into the possibility of self-employed women being granted maternity leave. He promised this to FNV chairperson Agnes Jongerius today.

8 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - FNV trade union confederation announced on its website that Minister for Social Affairs Piet Hein Donner will be looking into the possibility of self-employed women being granted maternity leave. He promised this to FNV chairperson Agnes Jongerius today.

Parliament had passed a motion in October last year asking the cabinet to look into this possibility. Together with a delegation of pregnant entrepreneurs she presented him with a petition signed by 3,000 people urging the government to follow up on Parliament's request.

Jongerius pointed out the disadvantage the current situation creates for these women in relation to men, or women who are employed by a business, who do have the opportunity to take maternity leave.

"Self-employed working women are left to arrange it themselves on a private market that charges sky-high premiums and with insurers that have waiting lists of two years," Jongerius said. She also reminded Donner of the motion passed by a majority in Parliament last year.

The FNV says such a scheme would cost between 20 to 30 million euro.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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