Tunis — The government called on the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) "to listen to reason to spare the country tensions and to go back on its decision to call for a general protest strike to give way to dialogue." This call was launched at the end of an inner cabinet meeting held on Thursday under chairmanship of Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali devoted to looking at the situation in the country after the UGTT decision to call to a general protest strike next Thursday.
In a statement published at the end of the meeting, the government warned against "the negative effects of this decision in this delicate situation the country is living through."
The government expressed surprise at "the attempts of some parties to involve it in the recent incidents" that took place in front of the UGTT headquarters, reckoning that "only justice is entitled to determine responsibilities" and reiterating its categorical rejection of any attack against the premises of organisations, parties or civil society structures and care to ensure the security of people and public and private property.
The government insisted in its statement on the historical role of the union as "a national organisation that contributed to the national and democratic fight and as partner in development, social peace and completion of the revolution gains," stressing "the danger of resorting to a general strike" which it described as "a decision out of proportion."