Government seeks to stir up public opinion against public sector, says Tabboubi | Tunisia News Gazette

Government seeks to stir up public opinion against public sector, says Tabboubi

The government seeks to stir up the public opinion against the public sector at a time when defending and preserving public institutions is the real challenge, Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Noureddine Tabboubi said on Saturday.

The union leader, who is against divestiture of public enterprises, however calls for consolidating the governance according a comprehensive and coherent vision.

Speaking at the opening of the ordinary congress of the General Railway Federation in Hammamet, he stressed the UGTT’s determination to stand midway between all stakeholders.

The union is fighting a social and economic battle and does not target anyone in particular, he pointed out.

The UGTT only bows to the verdict of the polls, he added, highlighting the need to preserve workers’ benefits and strengthen them as part of a unionist action.

Tabboubi further called on the unionists to face up to all those who seek to demonise the union action and to control the union.

Regarding the Carthage Document 2, UGTT Deputy S-G Sami Tahri indicated that there are still some areas of disagreement that will be reviewed soon by the heads of national organisations and parties represented in this document.

Any text that is inconsistent with the spirit of the Carthage Document 2 and does not take into account the interest of the workers and the Tunisians, in general, will not be validated by the UGTT, he warned.

He further estimated that the congress is an opportunity to discuss the deplorable situation of the Tunisian National Railway Company (SNCFT).

Thursday’s collision between two passenger trains in Megrine sounds the alarm on the severe crisis the sector is living through, he said.

Besides, Tahri also indicated that the ongoing social negotiations in the public service includes all sectors of avticity, however negotiations in the public sector that will kick off next week will be sector-based.

Source: TAP News Agency

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