Leanne Wood has called upon the Welsh Government to pass legislation to allow paid leave for public sector workers fleeing domestic abuse.
The Rhondda AM said it was time that the Labour Party implemented their own party policy in the one legislature they control. The Philippines and New Zealand have already passed a law giving citizens this right.
During Business Questions this week, Ms Wood said: “I would like to congratulate and welcome the announcement made on International Women's Day by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe, that she is providing for time off for staff experiencing domestic abuse.
“This follows on from ground-breaking policy developments in New Zealand, where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got such a policy through Parliament in July of last year. This is already party policy for Labour at a UK level. When the policy was announced by Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, she said: 'On average two women a week are murdered by their current or former abusive partner. These 10 days could literally help save the lives of those women.'
“Having worked closely with Welsh Women's Aid, I know that Dawn Butler is not exaggerating here. Given that this Senedd is the only national institution in the UK that is run by Labour, and Labour here is in a position to actually do something about this and show leadership that will mean that, hopefully, others will follow, when can we expect an announcement from Welsh Ministers for all Welsh public sector workers to be given the right to time off to deal with domestic abuse?
“Otherwise, how can you hope to be what has been called a feminist Government, striving to make Wales the safest place for women?”
In response the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans AM, said: “I will have a discussion with the relevant Minister regarding the issue of Welsh public sector workers, and how we support those people who are experiencing domestic abuse, and best supporting them to get out of those abusive relationships. And I'll ask the Minister to respond to you on that.”
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