Comparative study on criteria for union representation
23/03/2017 18:21, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The results of a comparative study on the criteria for union representation of employers and workers were presented at a press conference on Thursday in Tunis, chaired by Minister of Social Affairs Mohamed Trabelsi.

International expert Yero Deh presented the results of the study carried out as part of the second phase of the project to promote social dialogue carried out by the International Labour Office with funding from the Norwegian Government.

It is a comparative study of the French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chilean, Moroccan and Senegalese experience in the union representation of employers and workers' organisations.

Mohamed Trabelsi reminded that trade union law and pluralism are recognised by Tunisian law and under the international conventions ratified by the country, conceding, however, that problems exist in the absence of criteria for assessing "precise" and “objective” trade union representation.

"It is difficult to determine the prerogatives of these organisations (employers and workers' organisations) during social negotiations, for example," the minister said, asserting that the government endeavours to organise trade union pluralism in order to comply with international standards respecting the national economic and social specificities.

Deputy Secretary-General of the Tunisian Labour Union (UGTT) Abdelkrim Jrad stressed that the trade union centre is open to dialogue and consultation on trade union pluralism in order to reach consensus "far from any harmful tension with employees and to businesses ".

Khalil Ghariani, member of the Executive Board of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) called for the implementation of the social contract signed in 2013 between the government and social actors including the establishment of a Social Council.

"Setting the union representation criteria serves the interests of the worker and the boss and prevents any possible destabilisation of the company," he said.

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