Public sector employees await wage hike amid fears of rising cost of living

Public sector employees in Morocco are set to receive the first tranche of a general wage increase of 500 dirhams at the beginning of July, as part of an agreement reached between the government and the most representative unions. However, the increase comes against a backdrop of dissatisfaction among employees over the rising cost of living.

July salaries were brought forward in June to help employees cover Eid al-Adha expenses. Another increase of Dh500 is scheduled to be added on 1 July 2025.

Many employees point out that the current increase will not be enough to cover the increase in the cost of living, especially for those living in major cities. Employees also face additional challenges as the school year approaches.

Mohamed Boutaib, a member of the national office of the Staff Union Federation, told Hespress: “The increase is a partial gain, but it is fragile and not commensurate with rising prices and current costs.” He added that the employees’ main demand is to “establish a legislative framework that links wages to the price situation.”

For his part, Abdelrahim Afkir, a local government employee and trade unionist at the National University for Delegated Management, stressed that “the upcoming increase in July is enough to cover daily costs for a week,” noting that the increase divided into two parts is completely inadequate.

The social dialogue continues in the sector, with calls for the continuation of negotiations to achieve additional increases that take into account the rising cost of living.

From the website: Fez News

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