Dozens of employees who formally worked for the Tunisian institute that administered the October 23rd Constituent Assembly elections staged a protest in front of the Constituent Assembly yesterday when they found themselves laid off from work.
While the constituent assembly recently passed a law making ISIE Tunisia’s permanent commission administering and monitoring the country’s elections, thousands of employees found themselves laid off after four months of work.
The employees that gathered in front of the Constituent Assembly in the Bardo neighborhood of Tunis were representatives of the almost 2,600 ISIE employees from all across Tunisia. The employees are workers that assisted with voter registration during the months between July and October. Protesters demanded their immediate reinstatement within ISIE or to be hired for other government jobs. The protesters claim that ISIE promised them permanent jobs upon their recruitment, and now they feel like they have been stabbed in the back.
“We worked for four months to get these deputies the jobs that they have now,” said one of the laid off ISIE employees. ”We should have priority to be hired for employment in the new government,” he added.