The elections of the employee delegates

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Following the launch of the Election of delegates employees 2021, which are scheduled to take place between 10 and 20 June 2021, all establishments with 10 or more employees are required to organise employee delegate elections in accordance with the provisions of the Labour Code.

However, workplaces with fewer than ten permanent employees may adopt the system of an employee representative by written agreement.

The employee delegates are the employees’ spokespersons to the head of the company, and their tasks are:

  • To represent the staff before the employer and to inform him of individual complaints relating to working conditions arising from the application of labour legislation, the employment contract, the collective labour agreement or the internal regulations;
  • To refer these complaints to the labour inspector in the event that disagreement persists;

The employee delegates are elected for a fixed term of six years by the company’s employees of both sexes, divided into two colleges, labourers and employees on the one hand and managers and similar staff on the other.

  1. Establishment of electoral lists

The employer is obliged to draw up and post the electoral lists of all employees who meet the conditions listed in article 430 of the Labour Code by 30 April 2021 at the latest. These lists must be signed jointly by the employer and the labour inspector.

Within eight days of the posting of the electoral lists, any employee may request his or her registration, as well as the registration of an omitted voter or the removal of a person who was wrongly registered, from 30 April 2021 to 7 May 2021.

The employer is obliged to respond to employees’ complaints about the electoral lists within 10 days, from 30 April 2021 to 9 May 2021, and these complaints are recorded in a register made available to the voters by the employer, which indicates the outcome of the complaints.

The employees must lodge an appeal against the electoral lists by means of a petition registered free of charge at the court of first instance against the electoral lists from 10 May 2021 to 17 May 2021.

  1. Collection of Nomination Lists

The Candidates must file nomination lists, against receipt, with the employer who must sign a copy between 18 May 2021 and 01 June 2021.

  1. Constitution of the electoral commission and polling station

Following the collection of the lists of candidates, the electoral commission is established, composed of the employer or his representative and a representative of each of the lists of candidates.

This commission is in charge of studying and verifying the lists of candidates and to designate the members of the polling station or stations. The mission of the polling station is mainly to ensure the smooth running of the election.

The employer is required to post the lists of candidates in the places provided for this purpose in accordance with Article 455 of the Labour Code, and this from 02 June 2021 until 09 June 2021.

  1. Organization of the electoral operations.

The employer is obliged to proceed to the elections of the employees’ delegates between 10 June 2021 and 20 June 2021, by proportional representation according to the rule of the highest average and by secret ballot.

The results of the elections are validly proclaimed in the first round when the number of voters is at least equal to half of the registered voters. Otherwise, if the number of voters is less than half of the registered voters, a second round of voting is organized within a maximum of 10 days.

The results of the elections are posted after the counting of the votes in the places provided internally for this purpose.

In conclusion, it is to be reminded that the employer is obliged to organize the elections of the staff delegates in the modalities and conditions presented above, the non-respect of this obligation subjects the employer to a fine of 25.000 to 30.000 dirhams, doubled in case of recidivism.