The World Federation of Trade Unions, the militant voice of more than 92 million workers in 126 countries around the world, expresses its internationalist solidarity with the coal workers and the inhabitants of the city of Jerada, in the north-east of Morocco, mobilized for more than three months against unemployment and poverty.
The people of Jerada face serious problems following the closure of the coal mines in 1998, where hundreds of miners are currently risking their lives to traditionally extract coal from wells in harsh and inhuman conditions.
We call on the competent authorities in Morocco to take immediate measures of social protection for the workers of Jerada. We also demand the end of the repression of the population and the criminalization of its struggles, as well as the immediate release of the detainees and the immediate withdrawal of the accusations against them.
We also remember the death of fishmonger Mohcine Fikri, crushed by a dumpster trying to oppose the seizure of his fish, October 28, 2016 in Elhoceima in the Rif, another Moroccan region.
As a worldwide trade union movement, we condemn the causes that create this miserable situation for the workers, inherent in the system of exploitation of man by man and we confirm our total support to Moroccan workers in their struggles for their righteous claims.