UGTT: The dialogue must be global and the government seeks to sell public companies
The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) repeated through his spokesman Sami Tahrihis refusal to engage in a false dialogue. He recalled that since November 2020, the trade union center had presented a national dialogue initiative on the deterioration of the political, social and economic situation. ” We felt a reluctance towards this initiative … Unfortunately, almost two years later, there was no result and we faced the measures of 25 July 2021. The call for dialogue must result of an exchange and not of a decree “, he added.
In a press conference on May 25, 2022, Sami told Tahir ensured thatUGTT was not heard on the subject of Decree No 30 establishing the National Advisory Commission for a New Republic and concerning the conduct of national dialogue as foreseen by the President of the Republic. Sami Tahri explained thatUGTT had not been surprised by the provisions of that decree and by the President’s approach. He mentioned the many statements that question the role of the Center and the national dialogue that started in 2013. This led, according to him, performance to the history of the organization and the reputation of its activists. He claimed thatUGTT asked after the speech given by the head of state Kais Saied on the occasion of Eid El Fitrto meet with him to discuss the course of the dialogue.
” He limited the dialogue to an advisory role. But a dialogue must lead to agreements that enable the country to emerge from the crisis … He determined the composition of the committees in advance! We believe that we are concerned with all areas … The dialogue must be global and not fragmented … It is possible to take into account the results of the electronic consultation, even though we have not yet had access to this data. So why not take a new approach? Who guarantees us the conduct of the consultation in the framework of transparency? », He continued.
Sami Tahri ensured that the decision taken by the executive agencyUGTT refusing to participate in the national dialogue in its current form was the result of a consensus between all the structures of the organization. He secured the union center’s refusal to go back. He also expressed affiliation withUGTT prosecution of those responsible for the aggravation of the situation. L ‘UGTT believes, according to him, that July 25, 2021 was a historic opportunity to be transformed into a historic process for Tunisia. Sami Tahri criticized the delay in taking measures to improve the situation and political stability
The spokesman forUGTT believed that the opponents of 25 July and the political actors responsible for attacks and acts of violence within the Assembly of People’s Representatives were opposed to dialogue and had chosen exclusion. However, he criticized the timetable imposed by the head of state and the short durations, while mentioning a possible change in the date of the referendum.
Sami Tahri explained thatUGTT called not for a boycott of the national dialogue, but for a revision of its form. He also claimed thatUGTT intends to hold a series of meetings with other national organizations close to the trade union center to discuss certain issues affected by the dialogue.
Subsequent Sami Tahri insisted on the need to separate the position of the executive agency in relation to the national dialogue and to warn of a possible general strike from the general associations of the civil service and the public sector. He clarified that an agreement betweenUGTT and the government could lead to a cancellation of the strike without changing the organization’s position on national dialogue.
HAVE this subject, Anouar Ben Kaddour, Secretary vice general responsible for studies and documentation, mentioned the lack of reforms aimed at improving the economic and social situation of Tunisians. He criticized the lack of assessment of the current economic situation. He called for a clarification of the country’s economic vision. He reaffirmed the existence of divergence between the government and the presidency of the republic at the level of economic vision. He also insisted on the importance of providing the necessary clarifications regarding the state of public finances. He wondered about the reforms that the head of state had planned and the reforms that the government mentioned.
” L ‘UGTT supports the implementation of reforms. We want to reform public companies. We want to study the case files of these structures from case to case. We talked about it during meetings with the government … We must also implement a reform of basic, secondary and higher education, vocational training, health and agriculture to guarantee food security in Tunisia … Tunisia is threatened by vagueness … Nobody talks about employability … The government restricts social measures to help disadvantaged families. However, we want to find solutions for the unemployed and give them hope … L ‘UGTT is used to interacting with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund … We are aware of the terms of the negotiations and the comments from these institutions … The question of wages is a matter of percentage in relation to productivity … No one can limit the union’s room for maneuver! », he added.
On the other hand, the Deputy Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Hfaiedh Hfaiedhinsisted on the importance of separating the executive agency’s position in relation to the national dialogue and the warning of a possible general strike from the general associations of the public service and the private sector. He claimed that Decree No. 20 was illegal, in violation of the provisions of the Constitution and prevented the holding of social negotiations. He assured that the professional center had been flexible in relation to the application of previous agreements and that the start of social negotiations had been set for April 2021 since 2015. He clarified thatUGTT chose not to enter into negotiations on that date due to the economic situation and of the crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus.
Hfaidh Hfaiedh expressed the central union’s support for the revision of the minimum wage and the formation of a commission to investigate the situation of public companies in difficulty, as agreed in a 2018 agreement.
” that the government does not seek to save public companies, but to cause their bankruptcies to sell them … The government is not trying to find a solution to the elements that we have just mentioned … He is not ready to enter into social negotiations … We are ready to interact with any proposal that guarantees the rights of employees and workers “, he said.