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Education Federation rejects April 29 agreement after its exclusion from wage increases

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After months of turmoil in the education sector In Morocco, protests continue, as the National Education Federation (FNE) strongly rejected the April 29 agreement and calls for the preservation of professional achievements.

In a press release, the union calls for immediate government intervention to put an end to what they call government”reprisals.”

Categorically rejecting the agreement reached on April 29, 2024, the FNE highlights a series of concerns regarding the fundamental rights of the Moroccan education corps. At the heart of the protest are the crucial issues of freedom to strike, pension schemes and workplace stability.

At a meeting held at the FNE national office last Monday, members examined the results of the central social dialogue, deploring their “catastrophic” nature and their inadequacy in protecting the rights of professionals. They vigorously denounced a series of regressive measures contained in the April 29 agreement, calling them “direct attacks on the historic gains achieved through the sacrifices of the Moroccan education corps.”

Among the main concerns expressed by the FNE are the insignificant increase in wages, the further deterioration in the population’s purchasing power, the detrimental reform of pension systems, and regressive changes to the Labor Code. These measures are seen as attempts to legitimize increased exploitation and introduce labor flexibility at the expense of employee stability and security.

In a statement issued by the union, the FNE affirmed its total commitment to the interests of professionals in all sectors in general, and education professionals in particular. It also presented the International Workers’ Day celebrated on May 1 as an opportunity to protest against exploitation and oppression, and to this end called for a general mobilization to thwart the government’s retrograde and selective initiatives.

In addition, the federation criticized the deliberate marginalization of education workers, notably their exclusion from the 1,000 dirham wage increase recently announced by the government, despite galloping inflation which is significantly undermining purchasing power. This exclusion is perceived as a flagrant injustice that accentuates economic and social disparities within Moroccan society.

Among the specific demands put forward by the FNE are improved pay for primary and secondary school teachers, as well as for specialist staff, and the reimbursement of sums deducted from strikers’ salaries. In addition, it demands the immediate reinstatement of suspended workers in the education sector, as well as the definitive closure of their files.

In sum, the FNE urged all organizations and professions in the public service sectors to mobilize and form a united trade union front to oppose the government’s regressive legislative projects. It called on the Moroccan state to respect fundamental rights and trade union freedoms, stressing the need to ratify international labor conventions to guarantee adequate protection for workers.

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