Situation of construction workers at heart of higher committee of social negotiations 5+5 | Tunisia News Gazette

Situation of construction workers at heart of higher committee of social negotiations 5+5

The higher committee of social negotiations 5 + 5 (Government and Tunisian General Labour Union UGTT) met, on Thursday, to further discuss the situation of construction workers whose number has risen to about 86 thousand people, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The meeting was an opportunity to learn about the needs of some ministries in workers over the next year and to examine the possibility of hiring among construction workers.

The Government delegation presented other suggestions aimed at regularising the situation of these workers through the use of the various employment mechanisms.

As regards the situation of workers who have reached the age of 60, it has been decided to grant them an allowance equal to that granted to needy families. Workers between the ages of 55 and 59 will continue to work on construction sites and will benefit from the same allowance once they reach 60 years of age.

The government has also proposed providing construction workers, if they wish, a training programme to enable them to acquire the skills needed to find a job, according to the same source.

The two parties agreed at this meeting, attended by the Minister of Social Affairs and deputy secretary-general of the UGTT to continue the dialogue and finalise the assessment of other ministries’ needs.

Source: TAP News Agency

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