Tunisian Workers Announce Nationwide Strike on Jan 17

Published November 25th, 2018 - 05:46 GMT
The decision to stage the general strike “is part of effort to defend national sovereignty and independence of national decision,” UGTT Secretary-General Noureddine Taboubi said in press statements. (AFP)
The decision to stage the general strike “is part of effort to defend national sovereignty and independence of national decision,” UGTT Secretary-General Noureddine Taboubi said in press statements. (AFP)

Tunisian General Union of Labor (UGTT) on Saturday announced a nationwide strike on Jan. 17 to protest low wages. 

The move is the latest sign of escalation by the country’s largest labor union to demand a pay raise for civil servants. 

The decision to stage the general strike “is part of effort to defend national sovereignty and independence of national decision,” UGTT Secretary-General Noureddine Taboubi said in press statements. 

"Our goal is to reform the public sector and maintain its sustainability,” he added. 

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In its statement, the UGTT condemned what it described as “government’s evasion of its obligations with the union” regarding pay raise. 

On Thursday, thousands of civil servants staged a mass protest outside the parliament to pile pressure on the Tunisian government to raise their salaries. 

Thursday’s demonstration was staged to reject government plans to maintain the current wage levels -- without any increase -- in the 2019 budget law. 


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