NTUC recommends 6 months of paid maternity leave for mothers
Posted by temasektimes on July 23, 2012
In a desperate move to boost Singapore’s flagging birth rate, NTUC is recommending that working mums be given six months of paid maternity leave, and an additional six months of unpaid leave.
Speaking to queries from the media, NTUC President Diana Chia said:
“It’s important for us to encourage employers to embrace better work-life (balance). Particularly after delivery, there are certain stresses for women. Many women, because of this difficulty, leave their job to take care of their family. And to get them back to work is also an enormous task. So we’re actually looking at how we can phase in this.”
The idea was met with a lukewarm response from some members of the public, one of whom told the state media:
“It’s good, this will encourage more women to have babies, but it depends on the company. (For) small companies, I don’t think they can afford to give six months of maternity leave followed by no pay leave.”
The key reason behind Singaporeans delaying marriage and starting their own families is the sky-rocketing prices of properties which is partly caused by the relentless influx of foreigners into Singapore in recent years.