In Morocco, the 1er May this year will count more for lily of the valley than Labor Day for its reason. Indeed, this traditional rallying day for the “hardworking”, with its parades, will have been scuttled the day before by the signing of a social charter and a tripartite social agreement (Executive, CGEM, UMT, UGTM, CDT, Comader ), in order to institutionalize or finalize a social dialogue which has lasted too long.
The signatures at the bottom of the validity parchment (2020/24) were the work of the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, the President of the CGEM, Chakib Laalj, the Secretary General of the UMT, Miloudi Moukharik, the Secretary General of the UGTM, Naama Mayara, as well as those of the representatives of the CDT, Khalid Alami Houir and Bouchta Boukhalfa, and of the president of COMADER, Mohamed Ammouri. Suddenly, with spirits elsewhere, the ardor was cooled, and in the street, we will have had in fine in this party only to leave them behind if one can say and refractory of the working class.
Also on this Sunday, when after two consecutive years the streets of the Kingdom were banned from Dame Covid parades, there will have been few people to commemorate May Day, which this year takes place in a context that we would rather consider obtuse. Indeed, the symbolism of this day has been somewhat disrupted – grass cut under the feet of the other trade union federations, because instead of embarking on the “halal” of a common march 1ermay it have looked like a way of the cross for the working class. Each union has its own method, the UMT and the UGTM have been rather discreet while those who have called for a demonstration have not been followed. In short, after two years of absence it is a splash in the water in terms of parades between an outlet for protest marches and rhetorical rallies.
Younes Firachine, a member of the executive board of the Democratic Confederation of Labour, told MoroccoLatestNews that despite May Day this year coinciding with Ramadan, the eve of Eid al-Fitr, hence the difficulty of an overweight working class particularly mobilized for family reunions. However, the CDT wanted to maintain the festivities 1erMay after two years of pandemic and therefore of absence. Younes Firachine, regarding the signing of the social agreement with the government, expressed a semblance of dissatisfaction with its content, placing his hopes in particular on the social dialogue to come next September and considering that the he current agreement is above all preliminary.
For his part Mohamed El Ouafi, member of the general secretariat of the UMT declared that the union did not want a massive presence through the demonstrations of 1erMay in public spaces, recalling the current context, pandemic, Ramadan, Eid el Fitr not conducive to the marches of the working masses. The workers, he explained, prefer to travel during this period to visit their relatives, hence the lack of popular enthusiasm. Also the UMT, has programmed only small gatherings in the premises of the central across the Kingdom and a speech by the secretary general in Casablanca.