The executive body of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) decided this afternoon to cancel tomorrow’s general strike after more than nine hours of negotiations and discussion among union members.
The UGTT’s executive body gathered today in a Tunis hotel to look into an agreement that was reached yesterday evening with government members that would prevent the nationwide strike from happening tomorrow.
UGTT members and representatives of the government are expected to officially sign the agreement later today.
“The executive body includes over 80 members, and each one is adding his own stance regarding the issue, which makes the process of decision making very tough,” said Ayoub Amara, a leading member in the Tunisian Union of Communist Youth.
Five trade unionists and five ministers met yesterday in the prime minister’s office to negotiate a way out of the general strike.
UGTT members told official news agency TAP that negotiations with the government were “positive,” but they declined to comment further on the conditions of the agreement to cancel the general strike.