Taboubi: certain things must be reviewed in order to organize proper elections
The general secretary of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), Noureddine Taboubi assured that there was no double talk on the part of the central union. Referring to the statements of Sfax Governor Fakher Fakhfakh, but without quoting him, Noureddine Taboubi confirmed that he saw no harm in recording the negotiation meetings and that he even called for their live broadcast. He also welcomed the declarations of the President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed, to reject the privatization of public enterprises. Nevertheless, Mr. Taboubi believed that it should not be limited to slogans. Noureddine Taboubi called on the government to no longer use deficits and to accept the decisions made within the framework of the agreement reached with the IMF. He insisted on reminding politicians that they do not have carte blanche to do as they please. He insisted on the role of the UGTT at the national level.
In a speech given on November 10, 2022, on the occasion of the protest organized by the grassroots association of the Régie Nationale des Tabac et des Allumettes, Noureddine Taboubi returned to the statements made by the officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirming that the government was prepared to privatize some public enterprises. He wondered about the strategy that Finance Minister Sihem Nemsia often mentions. When he approached the new CEO of RNTA, he assured him that he had better not harm this company. The general secretary of the UGTT insisted that the central trade union should join the rescue of public companies.
” We are told that privatization is the solution. Why does the company become productive? The public sector is completely paralyzed… Board members are not appointed on the basis of their competence. This is a service. It is populism that we reject… Every ministerial adviser tries to present himself as knowledgeable and expert on the matter and presents erroneous information… We are told about social restructuring… The leaders limit themselves to simple calculations accountants.. The Tunisian citizen and the employee is not a simple arithmetic operation he declared.
Noureddine Taboubi demanded more clarity about the cancellation of the compensation. He urged the government to communicate the prices of the products after the repeal. He was at pains to remind that the UGTT was not a political party and had no intention of playing a role in the election. He criticized the attacks on the trade union center and believed it was a campaign that sought to damage it. He explained that employees and wage earners accounted for 75% of tax revenue. Mr. Taboubi wondered about the lack of action against people guilty of tax evasion or false declarations.
” July 25, 2022 was an opportunity to correct past mistakes and reform… We refused to play the role of decorator… We want a dialogue! A real dialogue… Without exclusion… We refused to participate in the dialogue… We were right about that… We are not fools… The legislative election will take place soon… We will’ t ‘let’ do not take a position… One of the candidates says that he is ready to become chairman of the assembly when the election has not taken place… There are constituencies with a single candidate… What will the election be? I call on the President of the Republic to be patient… The will is the people’s… We must revise certain things to organize real elections He continued.