Yesterday, educated unemployed youth demonstrated across the country in front of the regional bureaus and head offices for employment.
According to Salam Ayari, the national coordinator of the Union for Unemployed Graduates (UDC), this protest was called for by the National Commission of Unions. The Union for Unemployed Graduates (UDC) chose to answer the call.
In 2010, the unemployment rate among educated youth in Tunisia reached 23% – up from 15% in 2005. Unemployment is particularly bad in the inner regions of the country. On average, the unemployment rate in the poor inner regions of Jendouba, Kef, Kasserine and Gafsa totters above 22,6%.
Salam Ayari explained to TAP that from the beginning, the Union for Unemployed Graduates (UDC) has positioned itself against the Amal subvention, which allocates 200 dinars per month to unemployed graduates. This subvention was created after the revolution, and according to Ayari, 600 million dinars have been spent on this program since its implementation.
Instead, the Union for Unemployed Graduates (UDC) is calling for this money to be spent on job creation, and on the creation of a National Fund for Unemployment for “those who deserve it or those who need it.” The Union is further calling for assistance to young entrepreneurs for their projects, the boosting of the private sector and the redefinition of recruitment procedures for public sector jobs, amongst other things.
Graph: Evolution of the unemployment rate among university graduates
Source: Institut National de la Statistique
The Union is concerned that there has been no progress in terms of unemployment issues, and that the current government is failing to take effective action.
Should their demands go unanswered, Salam Ayari warned that the Union for Unemployed Graduates (UDC) would resort to further demonstrations, and would take to the streets of the capital on April 7.