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Moroccan government set to increase workers’ wages, social benefits

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The Moroccan government is currently negotiating an increase in workers wages and social benefits with three different unions, as well as the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM), in commemoration of the Workers’ day on May 1.

The negotiations over wages and family benefits have been heating up between the government, with threats of strike actions which had forced the hands of the authorities to engage the organised labour with the hopes of reaching a new agreement before Labor Day.

The government’s proposal which includes two significant changes in favor of employees and those with children, sees a first 10% rise in the minimum wage, which would be phased over two years, with 5% from September 2022, followed by a further 5% increase a year later.

The second key change, according to the set out terms, would be an increase in family allowances for families with more than three children, from 36 dirhams to 100 dirhams.

This policy also comes in addition to social benefits payments currently fixed at 300 dirhams per month for each of the first three children.

To promote public-private sector equality, the government also plans to boost the minimum wage in the civil service by 16%, from MAD 3,000 ($299) to MAD 3,500 ($349) per month.

But minimum wage employees in the government sector, however, are becoming increasingly rare following adjustments to civil service salary scale with salaries for workers on scales 5 and 6 which is in the lowest rungs, account for only 13.41% of overall personnel expenditures.

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Like Mali, Burkina Faso junta suspends France’s RFI radio over broadcast of militant speech

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West African country, Burkina Faso, has gone the way of its neighbour, Mali, as its ruling junta has suspended the broadcast of France’s RFI radio.

The suspension comes after what the junta said were false reports and giving voice to Islamist militants, a statement from the government said on Saturday.

According to a statement by the radio station, “RFI strongly deplores this decision and protests against the totally unfounded accusations calling into question its professionalism,” State-owned Radio France Internationale, usually referred to as RFI.

The statement added that the decision to suspend its broadcasting was made without prior notice and without the implementation of the procedures put in place by Burkina Faso’s communications regulator.

The ruling junta which came into power in a recent coup in September accused the RFI also repeated a press report – which it denied – that Burkina Faso’s President Captain Ibrahim Traore, who seized power in a coup in September, had said there had been an attempted coup trying to unseat him.

Burkina Faso’s neighbour, Mali, under military reign, suspended broadcasts by French state-funded international news outlets RFI and France 24 amid accusations of reporting “false allegations”.

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Tunisian labour union, UGTT threatens political disruption as elections draws near

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As the North African country, Tunisia braces up for elections, labour union, UGTT has threatened not to disrupt proceedings under the current political arrangement.

UGTT attacked president Saied political and economic agenda on Saturday, including the elections scheduled for this month. The union said that it will no longer accept what it called a threat to democracy in its clearest challenge to him yet.

UGTT’s leader Noureddine Taboubi said in a speech to thousands of supporters, the union will ” no longer accept the current path because of its ambiguity and individual rule, and the unpleasant surprises it hides for the fate of the country and democracy.”

“We will not hesitate to defend rights and freedoms whatever the cost,” he added, in his strongest criticism yet of the president.

“We will not abide by secret agreements the government has with the International Monetary Fund and the workers will stand up to it,” Taboubi said.

Taboubi said the December election would “have no colour and taste” as a result of Saied’s constitution and that the vote lacked national unanimity.

President Kais Saied hinted that the country will not accept foreign observers for the planned elections for later this year.

There have been protests for and against president Saied’s approach to governance of the Tunisian public.

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