Tunis has been in negotiations with the IMF for a new package all year. The government needs the UGTT’s support to implement any IMF deal, but relations between government and union have become strained.
- The UGTT said it will boycott the December 17 general elections, which will not be free and fair.
- Cutting public sector jobs will encounter resistance from the UGTT and lead to more social strife.
- UGTT could potentially veto or at least further slow IMF negotiations.
- In a worst-case scenario, the government could oust the UGTT leadership.