Tunisia union to boycott President Saied’s national dialogue | Labour Rights News

The highly effective UGTT union says it would maintain a strike over wages and the economic system, because it accuses Kais Saied of unilateral strikes.

Tunisia’s highly effective UGTT commerce union has refused to take part in a nationwide dialogue proposed by President Kais Saied, its spokesperson has mentioned, arguing the method excluded democratic forces.

Saied sacked the democratically-elected authorities final July earlier than dissolving parliament and seizing management of the judiciary, in strikes opponents known as a coup in opposition to the one democracy to emerge from the 2010 Arab Spring uprisings.

On Friday, he appointed a loyalist legislation professor to go a physique charged with rewriting the 2014 structure, which was a product of the inclusive democratic course of following the Arab Spring protests that toppled long-time chief Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Political events have been barred from a job in forming the brand new structure.

The president has defended the ability seize, saying his strikes had been authorized and wanted to save lots of Tunisia from a protracted political and financial disaster.

UGTT – also referred to as the Tunisian Basic Labor Union – has demanded a significant nationwide dialogue on each political and financial reforms, nevertheless it rejected Saied’s unilateral strikes.

“We reject any formal dialogue wherein roles are decided unilaterally and from which civil and political forces are excluded,” UGTT Spokesperson Sami Tahri mentioned.

UGTT Secretary-Basic Noureddine Taboubi mentioned at a gathering of its govt committee that the proposed dialogue, which “ignores influential political actors” within the nation “will be unable to resolve the disaster within the nation or lay out a greater future for it”.

Nationwide strike

The UGTT additionally introduced on Monday that it’s going to maintain a nationwide strike over wages and the economic system.

With greater than one million members, the UGTT is Tunisia’s strongest political drive and its name for a strike might current the most important problem but to President Saied after his takeover and strikes to rule by decree.

The date of the strike, by UGTT members working in public companies and state firms, might be introduced later, Tahri mentioned.

Saied’s authorities is in talks with the Worldwide Financial Fund for a bailout, seen as essential to push back nationwide chapter, however the UGTT has rejected proposed spending cuts and as an alternative needs wage will increase for state staff.

Saied’s July 25 energy seize was welcomed by many Tunisians uninterested in a regularly deadlocked post-revolutionary democracy.

However his opponents, together with the Islamist Ennahda social gathering that has dominated the nation’s post-revolution politics, have warned of a return to autocracy.

On Sunday, the Ennahda social gathering rejected President Saied’s choice to call members of the advisory committee to draft the brand new structure, saying the measure was “a whole deviation from constitutional legitimacy”.