This decision would be a first in Europe: in Spain, the left-wing government is considering legislating a “menstrual leave»For women suffering from dysmenorrheaHowever, this initiative is met with resistance not only from members of the government but also from the unions.
The measure could be included in a bill on abortion and reproductive rights, which is expected to be approved by the cabinet on Tuesday.
“We will recognize by law the right of women who have particularly painful menstruation to get a special (work) leave which will be covered by the state from day one,” Equality Minister Irene Montero, one of the party’s leaders, said on Twitter. of the radical left Podemos, the Socialists’ ally in the government of Pedro Sanchez.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. According to Spanish media that saw a draft of the bill, drafted by the Ministry of Equality, this leave will be three days, with the possibility of extension for another two days in case the woman has serious symptoms. A doctor’s certificate will also be required.
“There are women who can not work and live normally for many days each month because they really suffer a lot,” Moreno said this week. “We need to clarify what painful menstruation is: we are not talking about a mild illness but serious symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, severe headache,” said Podemos Undersecretary for Equality Angela Rodriguez.
Some countries, especially in Asia, have introduced in their legislation in recent years the right of women to receive a “menstrual leave”, but no European country has yet taken such a measure. In France, very few companies allow women workers not to work these days, but the “menstrual leave” is not covered by law or collective bargaining.
In Spain, the debate has heated up as the left wing of the government may be pushing for the measure, but some Socialist ministers are wary of its high cost. Some also say that it would be “counterproductive” and would “stigmatize” women while men may be favored when hired.
The Minister of Economy, the Socialist Nadia Calvinio, also appeared cautious. “We are working on many versions of this law,” he said, warning that “this government will never adopt a measure that would stigmatize women.”
The issue is also of great concern to the unions. “We have to be careful with such decisions,” said today the deputy general secretary of UGT, one of the two largest unions, Christina Antonianthas. He even expressed concern about the possible “indirect effects” that this license would have “on women’s access to the labor market”. Ana Ferrer, an executive of the Association of Patients with Endometriosis, also spoke about the possibility of “discrimination” against women.