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Morocco: Free Said Elhairech

In partnership with the International Transport Workers Federation, a global federation of 690 unions representing over 4.5 million transport workers in 153 countries .

On 16 June, Said Elhairech, general secretary of Moroccan dockers union, Union des Syndicats UMT des Transports, was arrested in Casablanca on unfounded charges, including one relating to national security.
More than two months later Said is still being held in prison in the Moroccan capital of Rabat awaiting trial. He has already been denied bail.

Said is a dedicated and active trade unionist and has been recently involved in high-profile cases; he assisted in defending the rights of stranded Moroccan seafarers following the bankruptcy of the Comarit-Comanav ferry company, and was also closely involved in the securing of a collective agreement in November for dockers in the Eurogate terminal in Tangiers.

In reality the accusations against Said have been created in order to wage an attack on the trade union work of himself and his colleagues and as such they amount to an attack on trade union rights in general in Morocco.

Join us in the campaign to free Said from prison by sending a letter of protest to the Moroccan government, and demonstrate that trade unionists cannot be bullied or intimidated into giving up their fight to maintain the fundamental rights and freedoms of workers.

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