Rabat - One week before International Labor Day on May 1st, Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane preceded the unionist event by proposing a 10% increase in the national minimum wage.
Rabat – One week before International Labor Day on May 1st, Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane preceded the unionist event by proposing a 10% increase in the national minimum wage.
However, The General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM) opposed Benkirane’s proposal and proposed an increase of 5% instead.
Attempting to promote himself as a man of words, Abdelilah Benkirane proposed an increase of 10% in the minimum wage. If this happens, the minimum wage will be MAD 3000 ($ 370 US), the value promised by Benkirane during his election campaign in 2011.
During a meeting with Miriem Bensalah- Chaqroun, the president of the CGEM, late last week, Benkirane announced his proposal to increase the minimum wage by 10%. Benkirane stressed that he must provide something to the Moroccan society on the eve of the Labor Day, according to L’economiste.
Minimum wage had been set at MAD 2800 ($ 345 US) since the last increase in 2011. This increase will cost the government MAD 1 billion. According to Benkirane, the public sector can bear this increase.
However, the private sector finds this increase a problem. Thus, the CGEM opposed this proposal. Following Benkirane’s proposal, Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun held a meeting last Monday with 33 federations of CGEM to confer about Benkirane’s proposal. The overwhelming majority of federations opposed any increase.
Internal sources told L’economiste that some federations partly approved of Benkirane’s proposal, suggesting an increase of only 5% and a year’s delay.
The negotiations are still taking place between the 33 federations in order to find a solution that suits the majority, which refuses any increase. Later, the Government Council will discuss the measure so that the anticipated increase will be announced on the eve of May 1st.
Abdelilah Benkirane, who was engaged in a social dialogue with the trade unions on April 15th, had promised the trade unions’ representatives that he will announce a good surprise for them by Labor Day.
The surprise has been announced before May 1st, yet the ball is now in the field of the Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, who has to negotiate with the 33 federations of CGEM in order to make the final decisions.
Edited by Melissa Smyth
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