Thousands of Morocco Public Employees Wage Strike

Thousands of Morocco Public Employees Wage Strike

Thousands of public-sector employees rallied and marched as part of a national strike yesterday in which workers in local agencies and up to 80 percent in government ministries walked off the job. Workers seek to draw attention to the unwillingness of the government to negotiate with them on such issues as wages and retirement.

The strike, held on International Human Rights Day, aimed to “defend the gains of retirement for workers, trade union freedoms, rights and dignity,” according to a joint statement by the four unions that called for the action.

Members of the Moroccan Labor Union (Union Marocaine du travail), the Democratic Confederation for Labor (Confédération démocratique du travail), the General Union of Moroccan Workers (Union Generale des Travailleurs du Maroc) and the Democratic Federation for Labor (Fédération démocratique du travail) also denounced the government’s unilateral decisions in the absence of social dialogue and the unilateral approach for the retirement reform.

Union members have sought enforcement of an agreement made in April 2011 with the previous government that improved civil servants’ salaries, boosted the minimum pension and promoted union freedom. The national strike follows a November 29 action in which tens of thousands of workers from all four unions rallied and marched to call attention to how the government’s inaction has eroded their ability to support their families. Workers also took part in a month of protest in May, and say they are planning another national strike in coming weeks.

Ukrainian Union: Economic Fairness over Austerity, Autocracy

The KPVU is preparing for a possible strike in Ukraine as mass protests continue this week.

The KPVU is preparing for a possible strike in Ukraine as mass protests continue this week.

The Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) is preparing for a possible national strike to call for just economic reform and a more rational approach to solving the country’s financial woes. In a letter published this weekend, they said: “In Ukraine we need economic reform that encourages democracy and addresses the horrible inequalities of wealth in the country, not reforms that target the poor.” They are calling on international support to help them create a path forward “that brings hope to Ukraine.”

Read the full letter.

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