Matt Rodda for Reading East

Standing up for Reading

Council update


Update from Full Council 24th Jan 2017

It was good to be able to show our support for maternity and paternity leave, holiday pay and other rights threatened by Brexit, in a debate at Reading's full council meeting last night.

I proposed a motion in support of rights established by EU law and called for those rights to be protected by an Act of Parliament. I was very grateful for support with parental leave when my own children were younger and I was pleased that the council voted in favour of this and agreed to write to local MPs calling for their support.

Labour councillor, Kelly Edwards, who has just returned from maternity leave seconded the motion, she pointed out how many mums she had spoken to who benefit from these vital rights at work.

Other Labour councillors, Graeme Hoskin and Sophia James, also spoke in support of the motion.

We also discussed how businesses can benefit from helping staff, as supporting families reduces staff turn over - saving money on recruitment and training new employees.

Sadly local Conservative councillors voted against the motion.

The full text of the motion is as follows, click on the link for more on the wider campaign supported by backbench Labour MP Melanie Onn and several trade unions:

"This Council is increasingly concerned that the uncertainty over BREXIT negotiations is causing unnecessary worry for local residents regarding workers' long established rights.

"This Council therefore resolves to lend its support to the backbench campaign, recently launched by Melanie Onn MP, which calls for the protection of workers' rights, such as maternity and paternity leave, paid holidays and job security.

"It further resolves to write to the local MPs urging them to support the campaign and to urge the Government to set out clearly how it intends to enshrine these rights into Post-Brexit legislation."


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