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Gafsa: CPG unions announce suspension of work at head office from February 8

The trade unions of the Gafsa Phosphate Company (GPC), part of the Gafsa Regional Labour Union, announced the suspension of work at the company’s head office from Thursday, February 8.

This decision was taken to protest the deterioration of the phosphate sector after production stopped for more than two weeks, secretary-general of the CPG trade union Ahmed Nasri said Tuesday.

The unions also regret the laxity of regional and central authorities in seeking a solution to the crisis in the sector, added the same source.

In a statement released Monday, unions blame local and central authorities for the worsening of the crisis through temporary solutions and repair jobs.

Phosphate production has not exceeded 160 thousand tonnes from the beginning of 2018, against 500 thousand t, during the same period of 2017, TAP has learnt from the Gafsa Phosphates Company.

The fall in production, it is said, is due to the paralysis of the activity of the various units of the company in the mining basin delegations in Metlaoui, Redeyef, Mdhilla and Om Larayes where tensions have erupted after the announcement by the CPG on January 20, 2018, of the results of the fourth part of the staffing competition to hire a total of 1,700 enforcement agents.

Since then, tents have been erected throughout the company’s sites by protesters demanding jobs.

Source: TAP news Agency

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