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Thai labour unions advocate for better maternity and partner leave on Women’s Day

Workers from the UnionAID partner the Rangsit Labour Union Group (RLUG) in Thailand march to Government House in Bangkok on International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March. 

Among their demands was for an extension of maternity leave from 98 days to 180 days paid leave.  They also want 30 days paid leave for partners to care for their families at the time of birth. The network of union groups is also seeking an improvement in the rights of women and gender diverse people.

The RLUG presented their demands to the Government along with other labour networks including the Labour Network for Peoples Rights and health care trade unions.

In their statement to the Government they said “We know that these welfare rights are never granted by those in power but from the collective appeal of the labour and women’s rights movements.”

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