After he failed to reach a deal with trade unions, the head of government charged the interior minister to pursue talks.
Rabat – After Morocco’s interior minister Abdelouafi Laftit finished his round of meetings with trade unions, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani decided on Thursday that Laftit would take over his own meetings with the trade unions.
Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said that the decision to designate the interior minister to continue negotiations with trade union leaders followed a meeting between Othmani and several government officials involved in the “social dialogue.”
At the press conference following the weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday, El Khalfi said that Laftit would hold a second meeting with trade union leaders, but in return stressed that any agreement with them would be reached with El Othmani’s approval.
The head of government decided to charge Laftit with the social dialogue after he himself failed to convince the trade union representatives of reaching a compromise on wage increases.
This week, the interior minister met with the Moroccan Trade Union Confederation of Labor, the Democratic Confederation of Labor, the General Federation of Moroccan Workers, and the National Labor Union of Morocco.
Public health officials and the Ministry of Health recently reached common ground on raising Moroccan doctors’ working standards, especially wage raises, leave, and retirement, easing tensions in a sector that threatened to go on strike by mid-January.