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A6-0027/2009

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PV 05/05/2009 - 17
CRE 05/05/2009 - 17

Votes :

PV 19/02/2009 - 5.2
CRE 19/02/2009 - 5.2
Explanations of votes
Explanations of votes
PV 06/05/2009 - 4.6
Explanations of votes

Texts adopted :

P6_TA(2009)0353

Debates
Wednesday, 6 May 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

16. Explanations of vote
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- Report: Astrid Lulling (A6-0258/2009 )

  Neena Gill (PSE ). - Mr President, in the current economic climate, I think it is crucial that we do everything in our power to support those members of society who wish to contribute to our economy. This is why the EU, in the past, has brought in legislation for maternity and paternity leave.

Working nine to five is not an option for all. Therefore, there are many people who are self-employed – many of them women, who are often overlooked. Better maternity protection would help spouses in agriculture, commerce and small businesses and encourage women to become involved in these vital industries, where they are now currently under-represented.

It is now or never for them – spouses or life partners, who must be given clear, defined professional status and benefit from at least an equal status of social protection as self-employed workers. There is no ‘return to sender’ for them. Member States should ensure that assisting spouses can become members of sickness and invalidity insurance schemes and pension schemes.

We have to end the travesty of women losing rights when they care or bring somebody into life.

 
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