The Government anticipates the union assembly by approving the increase in the minimum wage for private workers

The Governing Council is expected to approve, at its weekly meeting tomorrow, Thursday, September 1, a draft decree establishing the legal minimum wage in industry, commerce, liberal professions and agriculture.

This project is part of the first round of increases in minimum wages in industry, commerce, liberal professions and agriculture, which were agreed between the Government, the unions and the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies in a social agreement signed on April 30, 2022.

Under this project, the minimum wage in the sectors of industry, commerce and liberal professions will be increased by 5 percent, starting on September 1, and the minimum wage in the agricultural sector will be increased by 10 percent.

The social agreement signed between the Government, the trade unions and the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies approved a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage in the sectors of industry, commerce, liberal professions and agriculture, which will be applied in two sections; 5% from September 1, 2022 and 5% from September 1, 2023.

The agreement also stipulated the gradual unification, until 2028, of the legal minimum wage between the sectors of industry, commerce, liberal professions and the agricultural sector. Through a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage in the agricultural sector in September 2022 and 5 percent in September 2023.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch is preparing to hold the first meeting of the Higher Committee for Social Dialogue in mid-September.

The Higher Committee for Social Dialogue is chaired by the head of government and is made up of the general secretaries of the trade union centers and the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies.

On the other hand, a government source confirmed to Hespress that the government will comply with all its obligations under the new social pact letter.

The same source indicated that the government will work to create an observatory for social dialogue and an academy in the field of employment in charge of continuous training and raising the skills of employees.

The social agreement stipulated structuring the social dialogue through the creation of a higher committee chaired by the head of government, and made up of the general secretaries of the trade union centrals and the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies.

The agreement, which was signed, also stipulated the launch of a comprehensive reform of the pension systems through an open dialogue with the social parties, with a view to establishing a unified system for the public sector and another for the private sector.

The same agreement included referral to a special commission within the framework of the structures provided for in the National Charter for Social Dialogue, the draft organic law for the exercise of the right to strike, the draft law on trade union organizations, the laws of professional choice and the labor code. determine the axes of the reform and study them according to a schedule to be agreed, with the supervision and follow-up of the Supreme Committee chaired by the Head of Government.

It was also agreed to reconsider the custodial sentences contained in the draft organic law related to the conditions and modalities of exercising the right to strike, to continue the dialogue to ratify the ILO conventions and to enact a law to protect workers who report on the acts of corruption that they control in the exercise of their functions.