“Thursday is new historical date for Tunisia” (Noureddine Tabboubi)

Thursday, November 22 is historical to help Tunisia take the right path to preserve the people’s interest, said Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Secretary-General Noureddine Tabboubi.

The union never gives in to foreign instructions, added Tabboubi at the meeting organised Thursday in the Bardo square outside parliament, along with thousands of trade union members.

Strikers in the civil service sector are demanding improvement of purchasing power and the right to a wage increase, Tabboubi said.

He reminded that the Rally illustrates the demands of the Tunisian revolution, “employment, freedom and dignity” in addition to the preservation of state sovereignty.

Tabboubi also called the employees to participate massively in the coming presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections in such a manner as to preserve the interests of the State and the Tunisian people.

In another connection, he said that the labour union intends to convene the Sectoral Administrative Commission on Saturday and take necessary escalation measures.

Current wage levels can no longer allow Tunisian families to lead decent lives, he told reporters after meeting Thursday with Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) Mohamed Ennaceur.

“In such a tense social climate, it is unacceptable to speak about an environment conducive to investment, stability and even democracy,” he went on saying.

About ten thousand people rallied outside the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on Thursday, according to a security source, at the call of the Tunisian General Labour Union to demand salary increases in the public service sector, on strike all day.

An important security device was deployed to oversee this protest which has been covered by local and international media.


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