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Female AMs from four different parties join together to highlight what the EU has done for women

More than 20 female AMs from four political parties gathered on the steps of the Senedd to highlight what the EU has done for women.

The 21 AMs, who were joined by Shadow Welsh Secretary Nia Griffiths, say the EU has been key to helping promote equality and women’s rights and so a vote to Remain is vital in ensuring lasting protection.

Event organiser Julie Morgan, the Labour AM for Cardiff North , said: “I think it’s so important we recognise that some of the things that help women remain part of the workforce – especially after they’ve had a family – are thanks to the EU.

“Things like time off for antenatal appointments and the right to parental leave are so important in enabling women to keep contributing to the workforce and bringing their talents to bear in our economy. Of course we also know that many women choose to work part-time to balance family commitments and work – and equal rights for part-time workers have benefitted women enormously too.”

Ms Morgan said that while the UK Equal Pay Act predates our EU membership, it did not cover equal pay for work of equal value. It was only EU law which led to many landmark victories – and pay rises – for women workers. The EU working time directive gave the right to paid holiday for the first time to two million workers, many of them part-time women employees. Six million workers in total gained new or enhanced rights to paid leave from 1998.

Also, a job of the same status and pay must be kept open for a woman on maternity leave.

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