PAN proposes nine-month
maternity leave

The National Mandate Party (PAN) faction at the House of Representatives has proposed nine months of maternity leave for women workers to give them more time to exclusively breast-feed their newborns.

PAN faction chairman Tjatur Sapto Edy said in a discussion on maternity leave with the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) in Jakarta on Tuesday that his faction was determined to insert the clause in the planned review of the 2003 Labor Law.

Tjatur said that pregnant women needed a three month pre-partum period to make necessary preparations before giving birth and a further six months to breast-feed their babies. Currently, the Labor Law stipulates just three months’ maternity leave for women workers.

KPAI commissioner Lathifah appreciated the faction’s idea to extend maternity leave in an endeavor to allow the nation to have a quality generation in the future.

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