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New limits on civil servants’ unpaid leave

 

The finance ministry has tabled amendments to limit unpaid leave in the public sector for educational purposes, it was announced on Monday.

The House finance committee heard that presently unpaid leave for educational purposes is not deducted from civil servants’ pensions nor does it affect their annual pay increments, so that when they return to their position they will enjoy all the benefits as if no leave had been taken.

“It was considered appropriate to restrict the possibility of granting educational leave,” a Public Administration Department official told MPs.

The new regulations, MPs heard, stipulate that an education permit will only be granted where it serves public interest and to employees who secure a scholarship relevant to civil servants for training or further education.

MPs heard that the civil servants’ union Pasydy approves the amendment.

 

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