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Union office for Alsa-National Express to open in Tangier

news 05 Feb 2019

ITF union the UMT has announced the launch of its first union office in Tangier dedicated to organising workers at the multinational transport company Alsa.

UMT-Tangier general secretary Ali Abdel Sadeq, head of the UMT transport federation Ibrahim Qarfa and ITF regional secretary Bilal Malkawi met with Alsa drivers in Tangier and announced the new office on 3 February.

The activists said they appreciated the support from both the UMT and ITF, and called for representation for all Alsa workers in Morocco to discuss and improve workers’ conditions at the company.

Alsa is owned by the multinational company National Express. It operates urban transport networks in Marrakech, Khuraibka, Aghadir and Tangier, with a new contract for Rabat and the surrounding areas.

Ali Abdel Sadeq said: “This is the start of organising all workers, and our goal is to facilitate a real dialogue between the workers and the management for better industrial relations.

We will not stop before reaching real representation for the workers everywhere

Bilal Malkawi commented: “This is a historic time; organising a multinational company in Morocco. National Express has good agreements in many countries, and it’s time that this company respected workers’ rights in the Arab World too. The global ITF family will support workers in Morocco who only look to have the right to organise. Moroccan law is clear about the right to organise and bargain collectively.”

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