List of Secretary Generals of the UGTT:
- 1946-1952: Farhat Hached
- 1952-1952: Nouri Boudali
- 1952-1954: Mohamed Kraiem
- 1954-1956: Ahmed Ben Salah
- 1956-1963: Ahmed Tlili
- 1963-1965: Habib Achour
- 1965-1970: Bechir Bellagha
- 1970-1981: Habib Achour
- 1981-1984: Taieb Baccouche
- 1984-1989: Habib Achour
- 1989-2000: Ismail Sahbani
- 2000-2011: Abdessalem Jrad
The UGTT represents workers, and retired workers, with 24 regional unions, 19 federations, and 21 general unions.
Echaab newspaper (“The People”) is the main voice of the UGTT.
The Labor Union has been affiliated with the International Confederation of Free Labor Unions and with the International Confederation of Labor Unions since November 2006.
The UGTT has a long history of opposition. After Tunisia achieved its independence from France in 1956, the organization opposed both Bourguiba’s and Ben Ali’s regime.
In September 2000, Ismail Sahbani, Secretary General of the UGTT, was forced to resign after being accused of embezzlement and financial misconduct. He was tried and sentenced to thirteen years in prison with harsh fines, in October 2001. However, Sahbani was granted pardon in 2003.
After the Revolution, the UGTT joined a ”National Unity Government,” on January 17th, which was led by former Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi.
On February 2011, the Tunisian General Confederation of Labor (CGTT) was created by Habib Guiza, a former unionist of the UGTT.
In a post-revolutionary Tunisia, the UGTT has garnered little prestige, particularly given their support of former President Ben Ali’s candidacy during the elections in 2004.