The peak council for NSW trade unions has called on both major parties to commit to six months paid parental leave this Mother’s Day.

Last year, the Abbott government used the occasion to announce cuts to paid parental leave. The Government is now unclear about its post-election plans for parental leave.

Emma Maiden, Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW, said properly funded parental leave would give families economic certainty.

“Starting a new family is one of the most exciting times in life. But living on one income is really tough for most families with young children.

“A mother and a newborn need time to be together for at least the first six months, and growing children need quality early education and care.

“The government massively let down new parents last Mother’s Day when they announced cuts to Paid Parental Leave. We’d like the government to show its commitment to mums and dads this Mother’s Day by reversing these cuts.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least six months paid leave for new parents to promote child and maternal health, build strong families and help mothers stay in the workforce.

“It’s clear that a full-time wage for the first six months of a child’s life is the best way to create a bright future for our children.

“In the budget on Tuesday, where women were ignored, we’re left waiting to see if the government considers women a priority.”  

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