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Agreement Signed between Government, Education Unions, an Achievement for Teachers (Unions Representatives)

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Representatives of the most representative education unions described the agreement signed with the government on December 10 in Rabat as an achievement for teachers.

In statements to the press, the representatives affirmed that this is a historic and important step thanks to the benefits it provides for the teachers, namely the increase in salaries and the settlement of certain issues.

On this occasion, the Deputy Secretary of the National Federation of Education of the Moroccan Workers’ Union (UMT), Mohamed Khafifi, described the agreement as “historic”, commending, in this regard, the spirit of responsibility and citizenship which marked these talks, that focused on meeting the expectations of teachers and ensuring the return of students to classrooms.

In this regard, Khafifi explained that it was agreed “to improve the salaries of women and men working in this sector, through a direct increase of 1,500 dirhams over two years, starting on January 1, 2024, with the second installment scheduled for January 1, 2025”, adding that the agreement, which also examined several category files, provides compensation for vocational secondary school teachers (500 dirhams), and administrative and technical assistants, in addition to 1,000 dirhams for off-scale staff at level 5, and compensation for educational administrators (500 dirhams).

For his part, the Secretary General of the Free Federation of Education of the General Union of Moroccan Workers (UGTM), Youssef Allakouch, welcomed the government’s positive interaction with the demands of staff in the education sector, particularly in the financial aspect, noting that the agreement covered 13 fundamental points. 

In this regard, Allakouch indicated that the meeting scheduled for December 14 with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports will be devoted to examining certain issues, including missions, working hours as well as other matters relating to the professional career, with the aim of finding appropriate solutions.

For his part, the Secretary General of the National Education Union affiliated with the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT), Younes Firachina, highlighted the content of the minutes of the agreement signed with the government, which relates to the revision and amendment of all the provisions of the general statute, particularly the financial aspect.

”This agreement is an important step forward pending the second round of dialogue which will take place with the ministerial commission on the subject of the other provisions of the general statute and which should take place in a positive climate,” stated Firachina, adding that ‘‘schooling must now resume in public schools to allow students to benefit from their right to continue their education while waiting for the start of the second round scheduled for next week”.

For his part, the Secretary General of the National Education Union, Abdessadek Rghioui, underlined that “this agreement which is the fruit of a series of rounds of negotiations with the government delegation, tackled all difficulties, especially in terms of responding to the recurring demands of teachers concerning the improvement of their income”, ensuring that “all files and all issues pending for more than 10 years have been resolved”.

The government and the most representative education unions signed an agreement on December 10 in Rabat to increase teachers’ salaries.

The agreement was signed during a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, in the presence of the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, the Minister of Economic Inclusion, of Small Business, Employment, and Skills, Younes Sekkouri, and the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy and Finance, in charge of the Budget, Fouzi Lekjaa, in addition to representatives of the Moroccan Workers’ Union (UMT), the General Union of Moroccan Workers (UGTM), the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT) and the Democratic Federation of Labor (FDT).

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