The union world and the Executive in disenchantment

The April 30 agreement between government unions which has not yet fully entered into force seems to be in dispute, which essentially concerns the general increase in wages and the revision of income tax.

The current is no longer flowing, at least on the side of the most representative trade union centers which refuse to move on to new negotiations. This is the great disenchantment! The honeymoon between the Executive and the Centrals, which until then, let’s say, were quite conciliatory, is over.

For Miloudi Moukharik, the secretary general of the largest trade union center in Morocco, the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), completely in his role and who spoke a week ago in Casablanca, at the occasion of the union’s national council ” the executive has taken no initiative to increase salaries, reduce taxes or improve the system of allowances and it has not honored the promises expressed in the agreement of April 30 “.

Under the theme ” The continuation of the struggle, our choice for the consolidation of the achievements and the consecration of the demands of the working class », the national council of the UMT criticized the results of the social dialogue. Miloudi Moukharik indicating that they ” do not meet the expectations of the working class as a whole and are characterized by high cost of living and declining purchasing power and emphasizing ” that there is no initiative to increase salaries, reduce taxes or improve the system of allowances and that the government has not honored the promises made in the agreement of April 30 “.

To this end, the union has expressed its categorical refusal of any compromise aimed at imposing the retirement age at 65 years. The cost of the agreements during the social dialogue under the government of Aziz Akhannouch amounted to 9 billion dirhams. however, the unions still insist on increasing wages in this period of rising prices for raw materials and services, as well as the high cost of living which is hitting Moroccans hard.

The government is defending itself and insisting that the percentage of employees who received salary increases today amounts to 26% of the total number of employees and that it is expected to change in the days or the coming weeks, that is to say when an agreement is reached. The salary increase in the national education sector, which includes 273,000 employees, affects 75% of this population. But for the unions, if we

Hassan Nazihi, a member of the House of Councilors under the label of the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT), told MoroccoLatestNews that ” the government evades its agreements at will, in particular those related to the improvement of wages which it links to the revision of taxes noting that the move to discussion of new issues will only take place after the implementation of previous agreements. Nazihi added, that ” the content of the finance law is completely empty, and the government wants to favor certain workers in education or health, to the detriment of the income of all workers in general, in order to help households cope with the high cost of life »

As for the next steps in negotiations with the unions, Nazihi said that ” the CDT will hold its National Council on Wednesday to decide what action to take in the face of the government’s silence regarding a reminder letter sent to the Executive concerning the April 30 agreement”, precisely remained a dead letter. For the latter, the employees who have not benefited from salary increases are 11,420 engineers, 31,000 administrators, as well as technicians and editors, who number 24,000, in addition to workers working with the ‘army.

Khalid Alami Houir, deputy general secretary of the CDT, told MoroccoLatestNews that “ the current government is no different from its predecessors when it comes to non-compliance with previous agreements “, pointing out that” the unions are ready to demonstrate » in the event of persistent non-compliance with government obligations. Houir explained, in a statement that “ high prices have destroyed the purchasing power of citizens, and the government continues to contribute to the class gap by granting privileges to some, impoverishing the working class “. He warned that the CDT will examine the different forms of protest.

Youssef Aidi, president of the Socialist Group in the House of Councilors and member of the Central Bureau of the Democratic Federation of Labor (FDT), noted that “ the April 30 agreement is fragile and ambiguous, and does not clearly specify the government’s commitments and the date for fulfilling the promises “, pointing out that” unions are required to come forward to provide explanations to workers about what happened. Aidi added, in her statement to MoroccoLatestNews, that “ citizens suffer from price hikes, while the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian war continue “, noting that” vulnerable groups are suffering without the government providing any response to this so far “.

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