Thousands send message supporting paid parental leave
This Christmas, thousands of New Zealanders are sending the government a message of support and encouragement on their new stance on extending paid parental leave.
The coalition to extend paid parental leave, 26 for Babies, has sent off thousands of postcards to Prime Minister John Key this week, encouraging the government to not use a financial veto as they have threatened, and to vote in favour of a bill extending paid leave for new parents from 12 to 26 weeks.
“Current and future parents everywhere will be greatly heartened by news that the National Party is listening to them and is looking at supporting increasing leave for parents with new babies,” said 26 for Babies spokesperson Rebecca Matthews.
“The public are very much behind [the paid parental leave] bill and we’re demonstrating that this week by packaging up thousands of postcards to John Key asking him to invest in our youngest, and sending them to him as an early Christmas present. We’re looking forward to confirmation in the New Year that New Zealand will rise from being ranked near the bottom of the OECD in access to paid parental leave.”