Strengthening Industrial Relations in Morocco

Increasing Labor Law Compliance
Project Duration
August 2003
December 2007
Funding and Year
  • Strengthen skills of labor inspectors
  • Install a performance management system within the labor inspectorate to monitor progress against annual goals
  • Train representatives of national employers’ and workers’ organization and regional directors of labor inspection on the requirements of the new labor law.
  • Train ministry officials in bargaining techniques, mediation, conciliation and dispute prevention and resolution.
  • Promote equal employment opportunities and working conditions for women as well as men.

The Problem

The Governments of the U.S. and Morocco signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2004 to which, among other things, each government commits to fully comply with international core labor standards and its own national labor laws.   The Ministry of Labor of Morocco sought assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to strengthen its capacity to enforce its labor laws, ensure higher levels of compliance, and implement recent reforms to the labor code.  The current state of industrial relations in Morocco is having a negative impact on the country’s economic development.  There is a serious need for mediation/arbitration to defuse the increasing number of labor conflicts that threaten the security and stability of Morocco and the competitiveness of Moroccan enterprises. 

Our Strategy

Project Objectives:

To achieve higher levels of labor law compliance through strengthening the capacity of the Ministry and educating employers and workers about their obligations under the law


Ministry of Labor, employers, and trade unions, and workers


Last Updated:
August 2007

International Labor Organization (ILO)
Implementing Partners:
American Embassy, Moroccan Employers’ Association (GEM), Moroccan Ministry of Employment, Moroccan Trade Union Federations (UMT, CDT, UGTM), Social Development and Solidarity, USAID, Vocational Training
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4900 / Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)