ARUSHA – Public transport in Tunis’ capital Tunis has floor to a halt as a result of ongoing strike over wage delays.
Each metro and bus workers of the state transport firm went on strike as a result of delays within the cost of salaries and bonuses spanning months.
The strike highlights the monetary issues dealing with state-owned firms on the point of chapter, as President Kais Saied’s authorities suffers its worst monetary disaster.
“The union is protesting the delay in the payment of wages and bonuses,” mentioned Hayat Chamtouri, an organization spokesperson.
“The financial situation in the company is really difficult,” she added.
The transport strike is a power for the highly effective UGTT union, which has promised to carry a collection of protests.
The union, with 1 million members, has licensed a two-day strike by air, land and sea transport employees on January 25 and 26 to protest what it known as “the government’s marginalization of public enterprises”.
The strike sparked anger amongst hundreds of individuals struggling to seek out transport within the capital.
“Today we can’t find milk, oil, sugar or coffee. We can’t find buses to take us to work either. Tunisia has become an unbearable hell,” mentioned Nejia, a lady ready at a bus station.
Within the impoverished space of Intilaka, individuals blocked roads to protest the strike.
Tunisia is struggling to hunt a $1.9 billion mortgage from the Worldwide Financial Fund in alternate for unpopular reforms together with spending cuts, restructuring of public enterprises and reductions in vitality and meals subsidies.
Financial system Minister Samir Saeed mentioned final month that Tunisia will face a troublesome 12 months with inflation that can exceed 10 %.
The strike will improve stress on President Saied’s authorities, which faces rising opposition 17 months after seizing government energy in a transfer his opponents described as a coup.