Maroc Telecom workers’ unions call 3-day strike

RABAT (Reuters) – Four unions representing workers at Maroc Telecom on Thursday called a three-day strike from August 29 to press management at Morocco’s main telecom operator for better pay.

Unions including the main Democratic Labour Confederation (CDT) and Moroccan Labour Union (UMT), called for the strike at the company which in July revised down its revenue outlook due mainly to local competition.

Spokespeople at Maroc Telecom, controlled by French telecoms group Vivendi, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Maroc Telecom directly employs 11,000 people and its affiliates have 2,900 employees.

“The strike will weigh on the firm’s sales. It falls in the festive period towards the end of (the Muslim fasting month of) Ramadan which usually witnesses a surge in demand,” a Casablanca-based trader said.

Until around a decade ago, Maroc Telecom was a state-controlled firm where productivity and profitability were relatively alien concepts.

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