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“Programme for promotion of decent work in Tunisia” Document signed in Geneva

A Memorandum of Understanding on the programme to promote decent work in Tunisia for the period 2017/2022 was signed on Friday in Geneva.

Called “the social contract, an innovative example of country programme for decent work for Tunisia”,

the document was signed by Minister of Social Affairs, Mohamed Trabelsi, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT , Nourredine Taboubi, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), Wided Bouchamaoui and Director-General of the International Labour Office, Guy Ryder.

The signatories agreed to define a set of priorities related notably to economic growth and regional development and to employment and vocational training. The aim is to develop a new model of industrial relations and decent work and a comprehensive reform of social protection in Tunisia, in addition to the institutionalisation of social dialogue.

In a speech delivered at the signing ceremony, Minister of Social Affairs Mohamed Trabelsi stressed that this document represents an important step on the road to the successful transition of democracy, the building of social democracy, the creation of a social climate conducive to investment and economic development and the guarantee of social cohesion.

He added that despite political progress and the establishment of constitutional institutions, Tunisia is today facing major economic and social challenges, high unemployment among young graduates, an increasing deficit in social security funds, a low rate of growth, regional disparities and an expansion of the informal economy.

It was in this context, he said that the Decent Work Agenda would lay down guidelines that could respond on the basis of tripartite consensus to these different challenges through the implementation of the necessary reforms, the introduction of a new model of inclusive and sustainable economic and social development that promotes job creation and poverty eradication, the promotion of decent work, the establishment of a social protection floor and institutionalisation of social dialogue.

For his part, UGTT Secretary-General Nourredine Taboubi stressed that the latest version of the decent work promotion programme is in perfect harmony with the International Labour Organisation’s 2004 initiative related to the country’s programme for the promotion of decent work (DWCP). The signing of this document illustrates, he said, Tunisia’s will to belong to the international community and to defend the universal values whose international labour standards are part of the essential foundations.

He voiced hope to see the date of signing this document coincide with the start of a new stage in the democratic transition after the experience of the social dialogue which resulted in the adoption of a new constitution, training of a new parliament and the creation of constitutional bodies that embody pluralism, diversity and the principle of parity.

UTICA President Wided Bouchamaoui stressed that signing the document on the decent work agenda is of major importance for business leaders in that it translates consensus on socio-economic development issues outlined in the Tunisian social contract.

The signing of this contract on 14 January 2013 at the seat of the House of People’s Representatives in the presence of the Director-General of the International Labour Office, she said, illustrated the support of the International Labour Organisation to the three partners of production (government, UGTT, UTICA).

Source: TAP News Agency

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