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Friday, June 25, 2010

Maternity Leave

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) campaign for a 90-day paid maternity leave saw its first major success, with HSBC Bank Malaysia accepting the proposal.

NUBE secretary-general J. Solomon hailed the achievement a "milestone" after signing an agreement with HSBC Bank Malaysia today. The bank was represented by its deputy chief executive officer, Jon Addis.

He told Bernama that the campaign on March 8 hoped to collect a million signatures by National Day.

It had, so far, garnered over 500,000 signatures, including that of the prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Soloman said the longer maternity break would create a conducive environment for working mothers.

Addis said that previously, the bank had provided a 60-day paid maternity leave, adding that the additional 30 days would allow the mothers more time to care for and bond with their new-born.

Solomon hoped that more employers, not just those in the banking sector but others as well, would emulate this example.

NUBE represents 30,000 bank workers in the country.
(credit to Malay Mail)

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