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The governments of Kenya and Morocco are set to increase the minimum wage to cushion workers against further erosion of their purchasing power.
Speaking at Labour Day celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said a rise of 12% was necessary to help workers cope with a surge in consumer prices, which has been partly driven by the war in Ukraine.
“As a caring government, we find there is a compelling case to review the minimum wages so as to cushion our workers against further erosions,” Kenyatta said at a Labour Day rally.
He said the 12 percent increase would come into effect from May 1. It takes the minimum monthly wage from 13,500 Kenyan shillings (about $116.5, 110.5 euros) to 15,120 shillings ($130.5, 124 euros).
Kenyans have seen commodities, including cooking oil and fuel, go up in price, exacerbated by supply concerns following the Russian invasion.
Meanwhile, in Morocco, the government announced plans to increase the minimum wage for public servants by 16%. For other workers, the increase will be 10%.
The deal was sealed in an agreement between the government, major labour unions and the federation of employers.
The agreement also includes an increase in family allowance and retirement benefits.