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2015/ 09 Consultation on working time directive

The European Delegation of Make Mothers Matter participated in a public consultation organised by the European Commission on the revision of the Working Time Directive.
Our main message:
  • The current directive does not allow workers the right to reconcile work and family life
  • At present, they only have limited possibilities to ask for flexible working arrangements.
MMM indicated teleworking, flexitime and other performance based working schemes should be promoted. Moreover we asked that employees should have a right to ask for a reduction of their working hours and the employer should duly consider it. Currently, flexible working time schedules are rather widespread in the north and west of Europe and very limited in the East and South. According to the latest OSHA and Eurofound report on psychosocial risks in Europe, 25% of workers experience, work-related stress and a similar proportion reports that work negatively affects their health.

MMM Response to the EU Consultation working time directive

2015/05 OPRICHTING VAN MMM Belgium

Is dit niet het mooiste geschenk voor alle mama’s
Gelukkige moederdag aan alle mama’s!

2015/06/25 The first State of World's Fathers

The first-ever State of the World’s Fathers (SOWF) report has been presented at the European Parliament under the framework of the global MenCare fatherhood campaign at a roundtable discussion organised by the S&D Group and Make Mothers Matter. This report is a landmark analysis of fatherhood that draws evidence from hundreds of studies covering all countries in the world with available data.


2015/ 06 Consultation on gender equality strategy post 2015


Make Mothers Matter has participated in the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the equality strategy between men and women post 2015.  This consultation has been a follow up to the Forum on gender equality organized in April 2015 to collect views from stakeholders on next steps on this strategy. MMM actually organized a workshop during this forum on the complete integration of maternity in the workplace demanding more flexibility for workers with young children.
We have asked the Commission to make the reconciliation between work and family life a separate priority. Also, we highlighted the urgent need to promote options for flexible working arrangements as currently there no initiative in place at EU level. For instance, the right for a worker to ask for specific working time arrangements (e.g. flexitime, telework) depending on their personal situation, and to have their request duly considered by the employer we think should be included. Flexibility was requested by the almost 12,000 European mothers who participated in our survey.

2015/05 How we can conciliation between work and family life become a reality?

During 2014, it has been our priority to identify concrete measures to promote conciliation between work and family life at EU and national level. Mothers have expressed increased worries with the challenges they face in balancing both. As part of an alliance, initiated by COFACE (the Confederations of Family organizations in the EU) MMM actively contributed to the European Reconciliation Package (ERP).


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