The Tunisian trade union center UGTT can breathe a sigh of relief. The government agrees to his demand for higher wages for public servants.
as reported from Tunis, Amira Souilem
After weeks of cold weather between the Tunisian government and the UGTT federation, the two sides finally reached an agreement on Thursday 15 September. The collective agreement: +5% wage increase for public employees. An increase spread over three years, which almost 700,000 Tunisians will be able to benefit from.
While Tunisia is undergoing a acute economic crisis and inflation reached 8.6% last month, the UGTT called on the CEO to make a gesture for Tunisian households that are seeing their purchasing power drop month-on-month.
The trade union center did not hesitate to raise the threat of strikes; the Tunisian government called on citizens to understand the economic difficulties the country is going through.
An agreement, which will not please the FMICet agreement with UGTT, was announced on the day of the new school year. If met by the unions and public servants, however, it is likely to displease the IMF. that International Monetary Fund urges the Tunisian authorities to reduce their expenditure if they wish to access a new loan.
An extremely difficult balance to find. Legislative elections in December next year are looming, and Tunis appears to be in favor of “social peace”. This expression came up many times in the mouths of the signatories of both parties at the time of the conclusion of the agreement.