Sit-inners of "resistance" head Monday to Carthage palace to claim their right to employment | Tunisia News Gazette

Sit-inners of “resistance” head Monday to Carthage palace to claim their right to employment

Currently staging a sit-in at the headquarters of the Tunisian League of Human Rights (LTDH), the sit-inners of “the resistance” must go Monday to the Carthage palace to claim their right to employment.

According to the general coordinator of the sit-in, Emna Zouidi, this is a peaceful march on foot that must leave the municipal theatre heading to the presidential palace.

Several components of civil society will take part in this march, including the LTDH and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), she said.

This new form of escalation come after the indifference of the authorities to the right of the protestors to employment and to development, she told TAP.

While denouncing the policy of delay by the government against the legitimate demands of the sit-inners, Emna Zouidi considered that the results of the negotiations held last Thursday are “insufficient”.

“The meeting has only resulted in vague promises,” she said.

The negotiation session resulted in “a simple oral agreement” which provides for a radical solution to the social situation of the protesters.

A meeting was held last Thursday between the sit-inners, Minister of vocational training and employment Imed Hammami, Minister of Social Affairs Mohamed Trabelsi and advisor for the Prime Ministry in charge of social affairs Sayed Blel.

Known as “the group of 17”, the sit-inners of the “resistance” had begun a protest movement on May 5, 2017 by observing a hunger strike at the headquarters of the delegation of Menzel Bouzaine (governorate of Sidi Bouzid).

On 19 July 2017, they had organised a peaceful march on foot from the headquarters of Menzel Bouzaine’s delegation to the capital to claim their right to employment.

Arrived on July 21 in the capital, the sit-inners had observed a protest movement in front the Prime Ministry in Kasbah.

Source: TAP News Agency

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