Taroudant – Morocco’s four trade union confederations called for a national strike in public service and all sectors for Thursday.
Following a meeting held last Friday, the Democratic Labour Confederation (CDT), the Moroccan Labour Union (UMT), the General Union of Workers of Morocco (UGTM), and the Democratic Labour Federation (FDT) called on all employees to participate in the strike.
The four unions said in a joint statement that the purpose of this strike is to denounce “the absence of a fair social policy and social dialogue on the part of the government which takes unilateral decisions that threaten the social stability of the country.”
The statement added that the strike aims to “defend the gains of retirement for workers, trade union freedoms, rights and dignity.
The unions also called on the government to establish a participatory approach in reforming the pension system, the implementation of other provisions of the Agreement of April 26, 2011, and the opening of sectorial negotiations to reach agreements
On November 29, more than 10,000 people took to the streets in Casablanca to protest the government’s policies.
The protesters hoisted placards with slogans denouncing the high cost of living, pension reform, and other issues. They called for an increase in salaries and the omission of Article 288 from the Penal Code, which criminalizes striking.