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Tunisian labour union is moving towards opposition

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.

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