Morocco’s government has approved today an amendment to the country’s labor law that increases paid paternity leave from three to 15 days.
The government introduced the measure as part of a “social pact” it signed today with national labor unions. The social pact aims to improve working conditions for Morocco’s working class, head of government Aziz Akhanouch told reporters.
Following the signing of the agreement, Ghita Mezzour, Minister Delegate in charge of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, told the press the move was a watershed in Morocco’s labor rights history.
“Increasing the paternity leave to a paid 15-day leave is a measure that aims to support new mothers, by allowing them to enjoy the support of their partners during that important period of their lives,” Mezzour argued.
She added, “The measure is in accordance with the constitution that stipulates that the education of children is a common and shared responsibility.”
The minister concluded by pointing to the historical and social significance of the paternity leave extension.
“Today’s agreement is historic as it also covers an increase in the national minimum wage, and in family allowances for children by 100 dirhams for the 4th, 5th, 6th child. The agreement also extends to medium and long-term occupational illnesses,” she explained.
For his part, Aziz Akhanouch told the press that the agreement anchors a significant set of commitments for the government toward the working class.
“Despite the economic hardships the world is going through including Morocco, the working class remains among the government priorities,” Akhannouch said.
“We will continue to hold meetings as part of the country’s agenda to support the national social dialogue in May and September to further deliberate on measures that could potentially improve the living conditions of this crucial social class.”