The Socialist Alliance has codified policy regarding paid parental leave in the Charter for Workers Rights and in previous conferences as follows:
From the Charter for Workers’ Rights:
To “Legislate 12 months' parenting leave fully paid by employer contributions to a publicly managed scheme; the right to return to the same job without losing seniority; and generous paid leave to allow parents to take time off work to care for sick children and attend school activities.”
From the 2004 Socialist Alliance Conference
3.8 Resolution on maternity leave
This Socialist Alliance National Conference:
- Welcomes any proposed increases in welfare payments to low income parents, especially if such increases are funded by taxing big business;
- Rejects claims that such payments in anyway address demands by working women and their supporters for fully paid maternity leave;
- Resolves to vigorously campaign around our demand for 12 months parenting leave, fully funded by employer contributions to a publicly managed scheme, and to make this one of the priority issues in our upcoming Federal election campaign;
- Resolves to campaign within the union movement to popularise the demand for an employer-funded scheme as an industrial entitlement - rather than a taxpayer-funded welfare scheme
- Resolves to seek out and build links with others campaigning around this issue.
Resolution carried unamended.
With the proposed introduction of a taxpayer funded PPL scheme by the federal government, it is timely that this conference of the SA reviews its policy in order to strengthen it. Therefore, this conference of the SA resolves to amend and enhance the policies above as follows: