The Ministry of Territorial Policy and Civil Service has proposed to the unions that the extension of paternity leave for employees of the General State Administration (AGE) to 16 weeks be carried out more quickly than for the rest of the workers.
Sources of the negotiation have explained to Efe that, according to the draft of the proposal made by the Ministry directed by Meritxell Batet, public employees will reach 9 weeks of paternity leave in 2019 and will arrive at 13 weeks in 2020, to finally enjoy of the 16 weeks in 2021.
The budget plan forwarded by the Government to Brussels foresees extending paternity leave to all workers to 8 weeks in 2019, 12 weeks in 2020 and 16 weeks in 2021, that is, the implementation would be one week late compared to what is proposed for public employees.
The Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Service states that the paternity leave for public employees of the AGE has a fixed number of weeks to enjoy uninterruptedly and immediately after birth and the rest, before or after maternity leave that enjoys the other parent.
The objective is that both permits can not be enjoyed simultaneously (except the aforementioned fixed part), with the aim of "fostering co-responsibility and ending the social and cultural factors that perpetuate a traditional and unbalanced model of assumption of roles and responsibilities between men and women".
In this sense, the agreement between the Government and Unidos Podemos to extend paternity leave to all workers also seeks to establish it in terms of equality and non-transferability.