Union ready for reform dialogue – Middle East Monitor

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The Tunisian government announced on Friday that the Tunisian General Union (UGTT) has indicated its willingness to engage in serious dialogue with the government on economic and social reforms.

This happened during a working session between a delegation from the UGTT (the country’s largest union), led by its secretary-general Noureddine Taboubi, and the government. The session was chaired by Prime Minister Najla Bouden, according to a statement from the regional council.

“Taboubi, in a statement after the meeting, said the union is ready to work and collaborate with the government in making proposals to develop the structural reform document and unifying perspectives on many critical issues,” the statement said.

Taboubi emphasized the need: “The reforms put forward by the government balance between the social side on the one hand and the need to create wealth as the rate of economic growth increases on the other.”

Taboubi confirmed that the UGTT: “is ready to open a serious and responsible dialogue as soon as the works of the 25th “

Bouden reiterated during the session: “The government’s determination to work with all national organizations and to devote itself to the principle of consultation, with an open and responsible dialogue between the government and the UGTT on all major issues affecting Tunisians.”

According to the statement, the main points of the meeting were the first document of the structural reform program developed by the government and the various unresolved social problems.

The government previously prepared a preliminary document on the structural reform programme, which it submitted to its social partners pending consensus. It will then submit it to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reach a new agreement.

Tunisia is seeking a new $4 billion loan in return for reforms mostly affecting the local community, such as freezing government posts, wage freezes, expanding taxes and rescheduling of commodity subsidies.

If the IMF agrees to these reforms, they will remain curtailed as Tunisia needs the confidence of lender countries and foreign investors.

Tunisia has been witnessing a political crisis since July 25, when President Kais Saied imposed extraordinary measures including suspending parliament, abolishing the constitutional watchdog, legislating through presidential decrees, sacking the government and appointing a new government.

The majority of political forces in Tunisia reject Saied’s emergency measures and see them as a coup against the constitution. However, other forces support them as correcting the course of the 2011 revolution during political, economic and public health crises (COVID-19 pandemic).

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