Zaghouan: PEC cable company shuts down, 800 workers face forced unemployment
19/05/2020 16:25, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - PEC cable company, in Bir Mcherga (Zaghouan), was permanently shut down since early May after the suspension of its activities on March 27 in compliance with the lockdown measures to combat COVID-19 in Tunisia. 800 staff were thus driven to face forced unemployment.

During a conciliation session held last week at the seat of the governorate, the business manager maintained his definitive shutdown decision, Secretary general of the local labour union Hamadi Nahali told TAP on Monday.

The labour union saw to it that the company staff receive the allowance decided by the State (200 dinars) to help mitigate the impact of the global health crisis, the official said. Additional aid was distributed in collaboration with civil society organisations and social structures.

Governor of Zaghouan Salah Mtiraoui said attempts were made to dissuade the company's management which, he added, wanted tax benefits in return for the resumption of activity.

"The Prime Ministry and the Ministry of Social Affairs were informed of the decision and of its social repercussions," said the governor.

Representative of workers Taieb Zarga told TAP wages were not paid for 3 consecutive months and staff will continue their protest.

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