Fourth Meeting of the Social Forum of Employers from Maghreb

Senior representatives of Employers’ Organisations from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, experts from the ILO and international observers met in Casablanca to dialogue on practices of the right to strike and lock-out.

Press release | 30 April 2014
Casablanca (ILO News) – Senior representatives of Employers’ Organisations from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, experts from the ILO and international observers met in Casablanca to dialogue on practices of the right to strike and lock-out.

The objective of the 4th edition of the Forum was the exchange of experiences on social issues among employers’ organisations of Maghreb countries in order to strengthen their own national perspectives.

More concretely, the main purpose of this session was to discuss the right to strike in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Participants were able to compare the situation in Europe vis-à-vis those three North-African countries. Morocco and Tunisia are currently reviewing their legislation in this area.

Discussions focussed on different themes including existing legislations (Constitution, labour laws), the right to strike and the prevailing sanctions and/or compensations, preventive and support mechanisms, the process of mediation and arbitration as well as payment for strike days. Participants voiced their concerns regarding the practice of illegal strikes at factory level.

ILO Experts and from the Federation of Belgian enterprises showcased their respective expertise on the right to strike and the practical implementation of the law as the global number of strikes has increased in recent years.

The 5th session of the Social Forum should take place in Algiers in October 2014.