12 December 2012 4:11 pm | | 7


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UGTT supporters gather outside the union’s headquarters last night following yesterday’s meeting with the government.

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.

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  1. zarbiya says:

    and how is what you described ‘militarization of the islamists’ ? come on now! let’s be reasonable.

    • f. says:

      well pardon my french!
      english is my second language.

      by militarization of a political party i mean something like = turning towards the use of militias/armed groups/violence as a means of achieving political goals.

      i think that definition applies for islamist groups in tunisia as well as in egypt. there’s no doubt that both ennahda and the muslim brotherhood in egypt have links with violent groups.

      we have to denounce political violence because it paralyzes people and destroys the democratization process

  2. F. says:

    I’m so disappointed!

    UGTT really needed to show the thuggish islamist militias out there that the unionists and the leftists are many and powerful and that they should be treated with respect.

    It was a golden opportunity to collectively and massively denounce the militarization of the islamists. Tunisia really, really needed that.

    I hope they got a really good deal but I doubt it!

    • zarbiya says:

      “militarization” ? of who?…
      This is what I do not get in Tunisians…the exaggeration in their faulty arguments…
      You cannot talk to anyone and have a grown up coherent discussion without having some mumbo-jumbo argument by a nut-head.

      • F. says:

        I’m the nut-head?

        Where have you been the last year? Where were you when salafists injured members of Doustourna, including their chairman? Where were you when islamists attacked artists in La Marsa? Where were you when 50 000 salafists gathered in Kairouan and shouted violent slogans? Where were you when islamists encircled and attacked peaceful protesters from UGTT? Where were you when they burned down liquor shops? When they injured and threatened to kill a French politican visiting Bizerte? When they attacked journalists?

  3. sho9libah says:

    Another back-down of this government against crooks- UGTT crooks this time.
    I can’t wait for the next election…I’d be voting for the ones with cojones this time.

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