The budgets of 2019 will raise the paternity leave to 16 non-transferable weeks, to be equal to the maternity leave, as confirmed today by the Minister of Labor, Migrations and Social Security, Magdalena Valerio.
In an interview with Cadena Ser, Valerio explained that the government wants to match paternity leave, which is now 5 weeks, to maternity leave so that "co-responsibility exists" and help companies "be clear" that both will exercise their rights for the birth of a child equally.
This is another step to "remove obstacles to real equality of access to the world of work" and reduce the gap of "more than eleven points" between the activity rate of women and men, according to the minister.
He did not want to point out a possible date of application, since this measure must still be approved in Parliament.
Another measure that the Government seeks to promote equality is, as has been said, encourage the free delivery of schools for children from zero to three years.
"Any serious measure has to be accompanied by an economic report", Valerio explained about financing the initiative to equalize permits.
Regarding the registration of the "alleged" sex workers' union, he explained that an annulment can be attempted ex officio, but "legally it is very complicated", so "it is more interesting to go to the National Court to challenge the statutes".
During the interview, Valerio also referred to pensions, which the government wants to raise the same as the real CPI, and pointed out that "the creation of special taxes will have to be studied" to complete their long-term financing via general budgets.