The guaranteed minimum agricultural wage in Morocco (SMAG) will increase by 10% from September 2022, with a view to aligning it with the guaranteed minimum interprofessional wage (SMIG) in the sectors of industry, commerce and the liberal professions by 2028, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Waters and Forests.
Acted within the framework of the social agreement concluded between the government, the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) and the most representative trade unions, this measure will be applied gradually, the ministry said in a press release.
“The Moroccan Confederation of Agriculture and Rural Development (COMADER) undertakes within the framework of this agreement to materialize the increase in the SMAG by respecting the agreed timetable, to enter into the conclusion of collective labor agreements, to continue efforts to register employees with the national social security fund (CNSS) and respect trade union freedoms and rights”, says the same source. And to recall that the increase of the SMAG and its alignment with the minimum wage in the other sectors is one of the main objectives of the “Green Generation 2020-2030” strategy launched by King Mohammed VI. This strategy gives priority to the human element by creating an agricultural middle class through the improvement of farmers’ incomes and their social development.
In this respect, the ministry works together with the other ministerial departments concerned within the framework of programmes, dialogues and meetings which aim to improve the working conditions of this category, insofar as commissions have been formed to study the axes and which resulted in the drafting of the minutes of the social agreement, signed during the meeting of the High Commission for Social Dialogue chaired on Saturday by the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.
The Ministry attaches great importance to social dialogue, which is a means of consolidating participatory democracy and an essential mechanism for developing cooperation with its social partners and achieving lasting social peace through the resolution of labor issues, the guarantee of working conditions working conditions for these partners and the strengthening of freedom of association. This importance is reflected in the perfect commitment of the ministry to implement the circulars published by the Head of Government on sectoral social dialogue and to opt for an open door to trade union organizations representing the sector, the statement concludes.