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General strike in Tunisia today amid deepening political and economic crisis

Middle East News
Thu, 22 Nov 2018
GDN Online Desk

Tunis –  More than 670,000 civil servants went on strike today, Deputy Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) in charge of the public service Monem Amira told TAP.

The strike will affect all ministerial departments as well as the central and regional administrations under them, with the exception of the emergency services of public hospitals and the transport sector.

The strike also concerns all educational institutions (primary schools, colleges, high schools, and faculties) and all the institutions subject to the civil service law, while ensuring the continuity of the services provided in such vital sectors as like emergency services.

Strikers of Greater Tunis will attend the workers' rally scheduled for Thursday at 11:00 am outside the headquarters of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) in Bardo.

The other officials will join the meetings that will be held in front of the regional and local unions' headquarters.

“The strike of civil servants is a response to the government's refusal to improve the purchasing power of civil servants”, said Amira, adding that the refusal is dictated by the International Monetary Fund.

Wage negotiations were limited to three meetings between Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and Secretary General of the UGTT Noureddine Taboubi without reaching an agreement.

The strike is observed on November 21, 2018 from midnight until November 22, 2018 at midnight, in accordance with the procedures published by the Civil Service Department of the UGTT on Monday.

UGTT Secretary- General Nourredine Tabboubi had announced that the November 22 strike in the civil service sector will go ahead after the failure of negotiations between the labour union and the government on pay rise.

A meeting of the UGTT’s administrative committee is planned at the end of the week to decide on other forms of militancy.

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