World Day of Social Justice: Algeria’s ongoing efforts to consolidate gains

Algeria celebrates on Monday the World Day of Social Justice in the wake of the state’s continuing efforts to consolidate social achievements in order to improve the living conditions of citizens.

Algeria, which has always worked to preserve the social character of the State, in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of 1 November 1954, pays particular attention to this aspect, notably through the improvement of citizens’ purchasing power and the consolidation of the social security and pension systems, as well as other measures aimed at guaranteeing free education and medical care.

In order to preserve these achievements and on the instructions of the President of the Republic, Mr Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the State has taken several measures to guarantee social justice in various fields, through sustainable development, the reduction of disparities between the different regions of the country, but also and above all the eradication of grey areas in order to ensure and maintain a decent life for citizens.

In this respect, the latest measures taken for workers and deprived social classes are likely to reinforce these achievements. These include the revaluation of salaries and retirement pensions and the establishment of an unemployment allowance, in addition to other measures aimed at stabilising the prices of consumer goods.

Thus, the President of the Republic ordered that the wage scale be aligned first with purchasing power and then with the ongoing support for socially vulnerable categories, taking into account the value of work and the development of production as the main references for wage revaluation.

President Tebboune also ordered an increase in the unemployment benefit from DA13,000 to DA15,000, with the state assuming the costs of health insurance for the unemployed who receive this benefit.

These measures also involve raising the minimum retirement pension to 15,000 dinars for those receiving a pension of less than 10,000 dinars and to 20,000 dinars for those receiving a pension of 15,000 dinars in order to bring it into line with the minimum salary level, which has also been raised from 18,000 dinars to 20,000 dinars since 2021.

Social justice in Algeria is also reflected in the fact that the state provides education and schooling, and guarantees the right to education for all citizens, as well as free medical care in public health institutions. In addition to free education, the state provides transport and school canteens, particularly in remote areas.

In line with these inalienable gains for Algerians, President Tebboune has ordered the revision of the special statutes of all professional categories in the health sector and to promote, modernise and standardise the quality of health care and health services.

The same is true for the national education sector, which has benefited from several measures, including the immediate appointment of all contractual teachers.

Still with a view to establishing social justice and combating youth unemployment, the State has launched a number of projects for the benefit of the ” grey areas “, with the aim of ensuring that the concerns of their inhabitants throughout the national territory are effectively addressed.

This approach demonstrates concrete actions on the ground taken by the new Algeria to give a new impetus to the State’s social policy in terms of local development and social justice.

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