The Tunisian government announced on Friday that the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) has declared itself ready to engage in a serious dialogue with the government on economic and social reforms.
This happened during a working session between a delegation from the UGTT (the largest trade union in the country), led by its general secretary Noureddine Taboubi, and the government. The session was led by Prime Minister Najla Bouden, according to a statement issued by the Presidency of the Government.
“Taboubi said in a statement after the meeting that the union is ready to interact and work jointly with the government in submitting proposals to develop the structural reforms document and to unify perspectives on many critical issues” , reveals the press release.
Taboubi stressed the need that: “The reforms presented by the government balance between the social aspect on the one hand, and the need to create wealth with the increase in the rate of economic growth on the other hand”.
Taboubi confirmed that the UGTT is: “Ready to open a serious and responsible dialogue once the work of the 25th congress of the UGTT is completed, as well as the election of a new leadership capable of respecting all its commitments made towards the government. “
Bouden affirmed during the session: “The government’s desire to work jointly with all the national organizations and to enshrine the principle of consultation, of an open and responsible dialogue between the government and the UGTT in all vital questions that concern Tunisians. .”
According to the press release, the initial document of the structural reform program drawn up by the government and the various unresolved social issues were the most important points of this meeting.
The government first prepared a preliminary document on the structural reform programme, which it submitted to its social partners, pending a consensus. It will then submit it to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reach a new agreement.
Tunisia is seeking a new loan of $4 billion in return for reforms that mainly affect the local community, such as freezing government appointments, freezing salaries, raising taxes and rescheduling subsidies on construction materials. based.
If the IMF approves these reforms, they will remain truncated because of Tunisia’s need for the confidence of donor countries and foreign investors.
Tunisia has been experiencing a political crisis since July 25, when President Kais Saied imposed exceptional measures, including the suspension of parliament, the removal of the constitutional oversight body, the promulgation of laws by presidential decrees, the dismissal of the government and the appointment of a new one.
The majority of Tunisian political forces reject Saied’s exceptional measures and consider them a coup against the constitution. Other forces, however, support them as a course correction of the 2011 revolution during the political, economic and health crises (COVID-19 pandemic).