Social dialogue with trade unions has been initiated since the appointment of the government in October 2021 in different sectors. Today, the government is continuing its negotiations with the central trade unions in an attempt to reach a social agreement on the eve of Labor Day, celebrated on May Day every year since the 17th century.
In this regard, knowledgeable sources have revealed to MoroccoLatestNews that the government unveiled, during its meetings with the trade union centers at the level of the public and private sector committees, the outline of the presentation that the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, is preparing to present to the trade union leaders before the end from this week.
According to our sources, this offer includes the unification of the minimum wage in the agricultural sector (SMAG) with the minimum wage in the sectors of industry, commerce and the liberal professions (SMIG). This will be done through steps that have not yet been revealed.
The proposals that the head of government intends to make also include improving the purchasing power of employees by reducing income tax in the public and private sectors, increasing the promotion quota and finally allowing employees who do not have not accumulated 3,240 days declared to the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) of their right to retirement after payment of their remaining contributions, while studying the possibility of reducing the number of days declared to obtain a pension.
On the other hand, the data obtained by MoroccoLatestNews indicate that the government intends to take further measures in the interests of domestic workers. Moreover, social and health coverage has become compulsory for this category of employees since June 20202, in accordance with the provisions of decree no. domestic workers.
In the same context, a government delegation held a meeting on Monday, April 25, with members of the Executive Bureau of the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT) at the union’s headquarters in Casablanca.
The government delegation included the Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment and Skills, Younes Sekkouri, the Minister of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, Ghita Mezzour, as well as the Minister delegate to the Minister of Economy and Finance, in charge of the budget, Fouzi Lekjaa.
In a statement, the Democratic Confederation of Labor said that “the government delegation expressed the will to institutionalize the dialogue and reach a social agreement including the public and private sectors“.
The executive office of the CDT also underlined in its press release the elements of its claim file previously submitted to the government. These are the implementation of previous commitments, the improvement of incomes by increasing wages, the revision of income tax to deal with the continued deterioration of purchasing power due to the surge in prices, as well as other fair and legitimate demands for all categories of workers, but also pensioners.
The union also insisted on the need to respect trade union freedoms and to activate regular and permanent central, sectoral and territorial dialogue conducive to responding to demands, resolving conflicts and encouraging the conclusion of collective agreements.
In light of this “responsible dialogue», the trade union indicated that the governmental delegation undertook to organize a meeting between the most representative trade union centers and the Head of the government to present a detailed governmental proposal.
The government thus proposes to institutionalize social dialogue, by holding two meetings a year between the Head of Government and trade union leaders. The first meeting would take place in September, to allow the unions to submit their observations and suggestions on the finance bill, while the second meeting should take place in April, to find appropriate solutions to the outstanding issues and discuss issues of concern to employees and workers.