Tunisia: Agreement On Wage Increase in Public and Private Sectors Signed

Tunis — Public and private sector employees will benefit of a 6% increase in their base salary under 2012.

The relevant agreement was signed at a ceremony chaired Tuesday in Kasbah by Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. It covers a period of one year.

The private sector agreement signed by the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts and the Government also provides for a ten-dinar increase in the transport allowance.

Negotiations on wage increase in the tourism sector still continue, said Minister of Social Affairs Khalil Zaouia who reminded that the agreement on wage increases in the banking and insurance sectors has already been signed with concerned sides.

The Minister paid tribute to the employers' organisation which showed solidarity with workers in this period of inflation experienced by the country.

He also emphasised the need to work to reach national consensus in this critical stage in the history of the country.

UTICA President Wided Bouchamaoui said wage increases were decided despite the difficult economic situation faced by Tunisian companies which reflect their commitment to social responsibility and their keenness to ensure a healthy working environment likely to strengthen performance and production.

Mrs. Bouchamaoui also highlighted the need to combine efforts and strengthen dialogue in different sectors to overcome the difficult situation faced by the country and boost the economy.

Mr. Houcine Abassi, Secretary-General of the UGTT commended the sense of responsibility of the three production partners, particularly concerning wage negotiations which lasted several months.

He emphasised the need to address speculation which affects different distribution channels in the country and has led to a dramatic increase in prices.

This situation is likely to threaten the country's stability and social security, he indicated, calling for establishing mechanisms to support efforts of the different sides to combat inflation.

"It is time to join together to save businesses and optimise their competitiveness by improving the working environment and increasing production and productivity," he also said.

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