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Three labour unions withdraw from dialogue with Moroccan government

Protesters wave national flags during a demonstration gathering workers, teachers and civil servants against the deterioration in the social and economic conditions of the working class on April 6, 2014 in the Morrocan city of Casablanca. (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Three major unions in Morocco announced their withdrawal from the social dialogue session with the government due to disagreement over details of the salaries increase.

The General Union of Moroccan Workers (close to the oppositionist = said it had “withdrawn from this dialogue, which was held on Monday, along with the union of the Moroccan Workers’ Union (the largest union in the country) and the Democratic Confederation of Labour (CDT).”

The Moroccan Workers’ Union (the largest union in the country) said in a statement that “the withdrawal from the dialogue came after the lack of any progress in the government offer during the dialogue session to which it was invited by the presidency of the government on Monday.”

The disagreement revolves around a proposal of an increase the government has estimated of 300 dirhams ($ 30) in salaries over three years. However, the offer was not up to the expectations of the general trade unions in the country, according to Anadolu Agency.

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The statement described the government’s offer as “weak,” and called for a general increase in salaries in the private and public sectors, a tax reduction (tax reduction on workers), and raising the minimum salary (about $ 300 per month).

The Moroccan government launched a social dialogue with the labour unions, with the reception of Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani of representatives of these unions several times to reach a solution.

The government held a meeting in early November with labour union leaders to reach an agreement, after previous negotiations had failed to reach a solution.

A few days ago, Moroccan Minister of Labour, Muḥammad Yatīm, warned that the talks would reach a dead end that would affect every party. He stressed that the government will always welcome the dialogue.

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