The government will soon meet with the unions

The law on the right to strike is still debated. The government is therefore preparing to hold a meeting with the trade unions to discuss the points contained in the latest social agreement, mainly Bill 97.15 relating to the conditions and procedures for exercising the right to strike, which has given rise to many controversies pushed until the unions demanded its withdrawal.

Officials from the Ministry of Labor and Professional Integration are thus preparing to meet with the current unions this month of July, to advance the discussion on a certain number of contents in the social agreement, and to raise the points of disagreement on draft organic law 97.15.

Member of the executive bureau of the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT), Younès Ferachine indicated in a statement to MoroccoLatestNewsthat the content of the social agreement with the government provided for the programming of a number of laws according to a timetable extending from 2022 to 2024, noting that the start of the discussions will be focused on the draft law on the right to strike, followed by a discussion of trade union law.

The “gainIn this social agreement according to Ferachine, it is the will of the unions to put the provisions of this law 97.15 on the table of dialogue. “We have always refused that the law on the right to strike is only the subject of consultation. We have always demanded that it be the subject of an in-depth dialogue, and this is what has been agreed, since it will be the subject of negotiation on all its content.“said the trade unionist.

Thus, the unions intend to put forward their observations on the aforementioned law, the most important of which, according to Ferachine, “is the need to find a formulation that complies with international standards, and that respects Convention 87 of the International Labor Organization and what it stipulates as freedom of association, considering in particular the right to strike linked to the trade union field“.

The trade unionist also pointed out “the need to circumvent the articles of law which transform the text into a set of binding clauses for the right to strike“, specifying in this context that”commissions within the Confederation have been instructed to prepare the details of the notes related to the aforementioned law“.

Its same commissions, continues our interlocutor, will meet to stop on what has been implemented concerning the social agreement, as well as the points which still waver, in addition to the agendas which must be respected. The conclusions that will emanate from this meeting will be presented during the meeting with the government scheduled for this month, Ferachine said.

Regarding the bill on trade unions, this member of the BE of the CDT explained that the related observations are being prepared, in addition to the opinion of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) which will be added to it. thus insisting on the importance of accelerating this discussion given the approach of the month of September which will see the holding of another session of social dialogue according to the social charter of the institutionalization of dialogue.

It should be recalled that draft organic law n° 97.15 relating to the right to strike consists of 49 articles. Its fifth article thus states that “any call for a strike contrary to the provisions of this organic law is considered null and any strike for political purposes is prohibited“.

For its part, article 29 of the Constitution stipulates:The freedoms of assembly, assembly, peaceful demonstration, association and union and political membership are guaranteed. The law establishes the conditions for the exercise of these freedoms. The right to strike is guaranteed. An organic law establishes the conditions and modalities of its exercise.“.

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