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Maternity leave cut: Govt. urged to withdraw slash

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Combined Development Officers’ Centre (CDOC) yesterday (28) urged the Government to withdraw the maternity leave cut of the newly recruited trainee graduates.

CDOC Secretary Dhammika Munasinghe said that while on average a government or private sector employee is entitled to 84 days of paid maternity leave, the number of graduates newly recruited as development officers has been reduced to 42 days.

He told The Morning that they had already lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) regarding the curtailment of the maternity leave of public servants.

Meanwhile, a protest was also held yesterday by the CDOC in front of the Ministry of Public Service, Provincial Councils, and Local Government, demanding the withdrawal of the government decision.

Munasinghe said the protest would continue until their request is granted.