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December 14 Deadline Announced for Choosing New Prime Minister

December 14 Deadline Announced for Choosing New Prime Minister

| 04 December 2013 | 1 Comment

Political leaders will have ten more days to reach consensus on a candidate to become caretaker prime minister, according to an announcement made this evening by UGTT union leader Houcine Abbassi. The UGTT and three other civil society organizations have hosted talks meant to end the country’s political crisis, which began when opposition politician Mohamed [...]

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Opposition to Protest and Negotiate on Election Anniversary

Opposition to Protest and Negotiate on Election Anniversary

| 21 October 2013 | 1 Comment

Tunisian opposition politicians say they will go ahead with plans to protest in downtown Tunis on Wednesday, despite the official start of political talks on the same day. “We will protest during the day and start talks in the afternoon,” said Chokri Yaaich, a withdrawn National Constituent Assembly (NCA) member with the Nidaa Tounes opposition [...]

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Tunisian Opposition: Negotiations “a Waste of Time”

Tunisian Opposition: Negotiations “a Waste of Time”

| 23 August 2013 | 3 Comments

Opposition members have rejected dialogue with Tunisia’s ruling Ennahdha party, saying the current government must resign before any negotiations begin. The statements follow an agreement by Ennahdha to negotiate based on terms offered by the opposition-friendly UGTT, Tunisia’s largest labor union. The UGTT has called to dissolve the current government while maintaining the National Constituent [...]

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Unionized Oil Transporters Strike for Better Working Conditions

Unionized Oil Transporters Strike for Better Working Conditions

| 30 January 2013 | 1 Comment

Wednesday marked the end of a two-day strike by Tunisian oil transporters, who claim they are not being justly compensated given the dangerous nature of their work. Truck drivers refused to transport gas from fuel companies to petrol stations in Bizerte, Ben Arous, Sfax, Gabes, and Medenine, according to a statement from the General Federation [...]

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Labor Unrest in Tunisia Continues to Disrupt Foreign Business

Labor Unrest in Tunisia Continues to Disrupt Foreign Business

| 29 January 2013 | 0 Comments

Canadian oil and gas company Winstar reported yesterday that it has shut down production in three southern oil concessions since January 16 due to labor conflicts. The closure of oil production came on the same day that the local branch of the UGTT trade union in Tataouine organized a three-day strike. In response, Winstar ordered [...]

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Calm Restored in Southeastern Town After Weekend of Unrest

Calm Restored in Southeastern Town After Weekend of Unrest

| 21 January 2013 | 0 Comments

The situation in the southeastern town of Agareb has returned to normality after a weekend marked by confrontations between residents and National Guard forces. The unrest came the day after a local motorcyclist was hit by a National Guard vehicle on Friday evening, January 18. Member of the UGTT labor union, Taieb Bahri, who followed [...]

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General Strike in Struggling Tunisian Region Marked by Police Clashes

General Strike in Struggling Tunisian Region Marked by Police Clashes

| 16 January 2013 | 0 Comments

Clashes between police and protesters occurred today in the northwestern governorate of El Kef following a general strike that shut down most commercial activity in the region, confirmed Khaled Tarrouche, spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, to Tunisia Live. “Groups of people attacked today the police station of the governorate and threw stones at police men, which [...]

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Prime Minister, Major Unions Sign Social Pact on Revolution’s Anniversary

Prime Minister, Major Unions Sign Social Pact on Revolution’s Anniversary

| 14 January 2013 | 0 Comments

A social pact was signed during a National Constituent Assembly session today in commemoration of the second anniversary of the revolution. Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) Houcine Abbassi, and President of the Tunisian Union of Commerce, Industry and Craft Wided Bouchamaoui all sat down to sign the [...]

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Tunisia’s Main Labor Union Demands Archives on Founder’s Assassination

Tunisia’s Main Labor Union Demands Archives on Founder’s Assassination

| 10 January 2013 | 2 Comments

Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) Houcine Abbassi submitted a formal request for the release of the archives on the assassination of UGTT’s founder and Tunisian independence movement leader Farhat Hached, state news agency TAP reported. Abbassi was on an official visit in Paris where he met with French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent [...]

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Social Affairs Ministry Moves to End Subcontracting in Public Sector

Social Affairs Ministry Moves to End Subcontracting in Public Sector

| 04 January 2013 | 0 Comments

An accord was signed on Wednesday between the government and the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) to remove the use of subcontractors in the public sector. The accord will not be implemented until a board of ministers agrees upon it. The board will hold a session next week to review the accord, said Minister of [...]

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