Strike in public service, response to wrong policies adopted by government (UGTT)
19/11/2018 18:55, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) said on Monday that the strike in the civil service is a response to the government's wrong policies and an opportunity to defend national sovereignty and protect negotiations and social dialogue.

In a statement released Monday, the union said the strike is aimed at defending public institutions and the quality of the services they are supposed to offer. This mobilisation also aims to enable the public service to recover its pioneering role in the socio-economic field, said the same source, which emphasises the commitment to the decision on the regularisation of the situation of all workers who have a precarious job quoting, in particular, construction workers.

The UGTT is committed to defending the right of civil servants to decent working conditions, a rewarding salary and wage increases that can compensate for the deterioration of their purchasing power, the statement added.

The UGTT members among civil servants are preparing to observe a national strike on Thursday, November 22, 2018 which was decreed by the UGTT National Administrative Commission held on October 21, 2018.

According to the UGTT, this strike comes as a result of the exhaustion of all the possibilities for dialogue and the failure of the negotiating sessions that resulted in no agreement on a wage increase in this sector.

The UGTT accuses the government of giving up its commitments and undermining social dialogue in order to comply with the dictates of the International Monetary Fund, recalling that the trade union and government parties had agreed on the opening of negotiations and their completion within a period not exceeding 15 September 2018.

The worsening of inflation, the fall of the dinar, the rise in prices and tax burdens, the rise in the cost of living accompanied by a deterioration of services, household debt and the increase in the unemployment rate constitute, according to the UGTT as many factors that require the revision of wages.

The Trade Union also denounced the proliferation of certain phenomena that harm the country including corruption, speculation and smuggling as well as the deterioration of working conditions and campaigns demonising the administration.

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