Generation 2004’s petition for special leave for parents with young children was a great success. At the time of writing this article, it has gathered over 1950 signatures (Update: 2090 signatures as of 09/06/2020).
The petition is still open and if you have not signed it yet we would love to have your support to get it over the 2000 mark. If, on the other side, you have already signed it already, we would like to thank you very much for your help and trust in our work.
Following this massive response, last week we sent a note to DG HR (annex) requesting an urgent social dialogue meeting to discuss the request for this leave with DG HR. We are glad to announce that, in a record time, today, Thursday 28 May 2020, we have received a convocation for this social dialogue meeting. We do not yet know what the outcome of the meeting will be, but at least the request is being treated with the urgency we believe it deserves. Fingers crossed!
We would also like to thank colleagues that sent us messages in response to our call for support. These were mostly thanking and supporting our initiative. Some of the feedback however, highlighted some specific cases that are not covered by the petition text but are nevertheless fully deserving of such leave benefits. Take for instance a family with young children where one of the parents works and the other studies, or a couple that has no young children but hosts and takes care of a vulnerable elderly family member. If you are facing a situation that you believe should also be covered please let us know about it and we will bring them to the social dialogue discussion.