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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (National): Edward Davey comment on the Pregnant Workers Directive

Press release   •   Jun 17, 2011 13:30 BST

Edward Davey, Employment Relations Minister, comment on the latest round of discussions at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels on the Pregnant Workers Directive. 14 Member States, including the UK, intervened in the Progress Report and expressed their concerns about the European Parliament's proposals for 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay. Discussions on the proposed Directive can go no further unless Ministers agree a Common Position.

Edward Davey said:

"This is a good result. The fact that so many other Member States have echoed our worries sends a clear message that this one-size-fits-all measure is not in the best interests for Europe and certainly not in the best interests for the UK."

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