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Motion title
Maternity/paternity rights in the FE sector
Meeting date
28 May 2023
Motion text

There is huge variation in maternity, paternity and parental leave policies across FE. As educators we understand the importance of stability and security to young people. Yet many maternity policies provide such poor pay that women are forced back to work before they want to. Many paternity policies only provide the legal minimum. Shared parental leave policies are still not promoted within FE which would provide members with equal opportunities.
Moreover, when children are unwell it disproportionately falls on woman to take time off and care for that child. However, in many colleges this ends up being taken as unpaid leave or as holiday.
FESC calls on UCU to:
1. carry out research on the variation within parental leave policies.
2. provide information on best cases as branch resources to help negotiate new policies.

Proposing body
Women members' standing committee (WMSC)

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