Pending the amendments, Akhannouch starts negotiations with the unions

On August 3, the head of government Aziz Akhannouch sent the ministers and high commissioners the framework note setting the objectives and outlines of the 2023 Finance Bill. In mid-September next, the government will open the first rounds of social dialogue with the unions in an attempt to simplify the content of the law and seek solutions to end to the controversy around many outstanding issues.

Representing one of the most representative trade unions, Miloudi Moukharik, secretary general of the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), indicated that the central trade union will meet with the government in mid-September to unearth numerous files.

While claiming to appreciate at its fair value the presence in the framework note of the PLF 2023 of points relating to the social protection project carried out by King Mohammed VI, he nevertheless expressed his surprise at the absence of several questions agreed during from previous meetings.

In a statement to MoroccoLatestNewsMukharik revealed that “ the note did not mention the content of the rounds of social dialogue held this year or mention one of the most important files for the unions, which is the reduction of tax on employees’ salaries “.

The union official said that “ the government has promised to resolve this point during the month of September, which will make it possible to obtain justice for those affected “, pointing out that” reducing payroll tax is a top priority for UMT“.

After welcoming the decision around the possibility of providing direct support to Moroccans in order to benefit from housing, Moukahrik noted that ” this point should have gone through the channels of social dialogue in order to improve it further” ?

the UMT will analyze the framework note, and the parliamentary group will present the details “, he said.

For his part, Lahcen Nazhi, adviser to the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT), observed that “ the note from the head of government provides guidelines where the expectations and interests of the working class and vulnerable groups in general do not appear “.

The note does not bring a new vision, nor real solutions to the problems and suffering of Moroccans “, he believes.

For the trade unionist,the government erred in the organization of priorities and the basic approach to achieving comprehensive development. And unfortunately the note is missing of courage and reformist depth to lay the foundations for global development “.

Lahcen Nazhi further notes that “ the first observation on the note from the head of government is that it begins with an explanatory introduction, referring to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, the crisis of rising prices, due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the scarcity rainfall this year “.

He therefore considered that the government is anticipating any criticism and tying any possible failure to the pandemic, the drought and the high prices on a global scale, when it should have been expecting this rise in inflation and finding solutions, and not be satisfied with justifications “.

The CDT adviser’s second observation is that, “ instead of the note mentioning the future, given that it is preparing a finance bill for the coming year, a list of previous measures whose impact has not been felt by the citizen, in particular the control prices and the mobilization of so many billions to support the purchasing power of the citizen “.

As for the third point, continues the trade unionist, it is ” to address the soundness of public finances, and at the same time, to maintain the public investment budget instead of talking about increasing this budget, to create economic dynamism, while evoking economic balances, like the previous governments, not to mention the social balances “.

And finally, the fourth point raised by the trade unionist concerns social protection and ” the discourse on the continuation of the implementation of its projects without providing guidelines or as to the dates and procedures stipulated in the law on social protection, knowing that the latter sets quantified objectives“.

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