Strikes drop by 4 pc in 2017 | Tunisia News Gazette

Strikes drop by 4 pc in 2017

Employee strikes in the private sector and state-owned enterprises in 2017 went down 4% from 2016 and 19% from 2015.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs, the overall number of these strikes is 247, of which 205 in the private sector and 42 in the public sector.

This drop affected the number of companies concerned by 6%, compared to 2016 and by 47%, compared to the same period in 2015.

The rate of employees who took part in the strikes in 2017 also decreased compared to the previous year, from 51 to 46%.

In 2017, the labour inspection and conciliation services registered 205 strikes in the private sector, representing 83% of the total number of strikes recorded in the public and private sectors.

Regarding private companies, the number of strikes in 2017 saw its rate drop by 9% compared to 2016 and 19% compared to 2015.

The number of companies affected also went down; its rate reached 7% compared to 2016 and 48% compared to 2015.

As for legal strikes, the number is 109 in 2017 out of a total of 205 in the private sector, i.e. 53%.

Regarding the causes of the strikes observed in this sector in 2017, they are the demand for wage increases (56.5%), followed by the improvement of working conditions (28%), industrial relations (5%) and finally solidarity with employees (6%).

Most of the strikes were in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear, with 45 strikes, followed by services and subcontracting and construction materials, and then the mechanical and metal industries.

In 2017, the improvement of working conditions represented the main demand for strikes in the public sector (49%), followed by the wage increase (43%) and the improvement of industrial relations within the company. (7%) and finally solidarity with employees (1%).

The service sector recorded the highest rate of strikes in commercial and industrial public enterprises (64%), followed by the mining and transportation sectors (12%), agriculture (5%) and then the other sectors (2%).

Source: TAP News Agency

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