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Tunisia: Unions Give the Government a Last Chance

Tunisia: Unions Give the Government a Last Chance

Saturday, 12 January, 2019 - 08:45
Tunisian lawyers and doctors gather as they demonstrate against the government's, near the courthouse, in Tunis, Tunisia, December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Tunis - Al Munji Al Saidani
Hafiz Hafiz, a senior Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) member, set Jan 14, the anniversary of the 2011 revolution, as a final date for negotiations with the government on the public sector employees' demand for a raise.

Dialogue between the two sides has come to a standstill as the union insists on a raise that goes in tandem with the inflation rate in Tunisia estimated at 7.5 percent in 2018, while the authorities are unable to meet such a demand due to a scarcity of financial resources.

The Tunisian government suggested a raise spanning between TND50 and TND130 in two years time. However, UGTT proposed a salary hike of TND205-TND270.

The union’s Secretary General, Noureddine Taboubi, briefed Wednesday Tunisian President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi on the outcome of negotiations with the government.

In a related context, Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) employees have gone on an open-ended strike over a failure to meet their demands. Their move might hinfer preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections.

The strikers are demanding a settlement to the status of the authority’s employees.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Tunisia in October 2019, which will be followed by the first round of presidential polls in November.

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