Commenting on the year anniversary of the introduction of shared parental leave today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Shared parental leave has been a small step towards getting dads more involved with childcare. But take-up has been very low and without better rights to leave and pay, many fathers will continue to miss out on playing an active role in the first year of their child’s life.
“TUC research shows as many as two in five new fathers are ineligible for shared parental leave, as their partners are not in paid work or they fail to meet the qualifying conditions.
“If the government is serious about men being more involved after their child is born then they must increase statutory pay and give all new dads a right to their own parental leave that is not dependent upon their partners.
“And all new parents and parents-to-be should join a union – it’s one of the best ways to get a better deal for parents at work.”