12 December 2012

Tunisia: Government, UGTT Seal Agreement to Avert General Strike

Tunis — An agreement to call off the general strike scheduled for Thursday, December 13 was signed, Wednesday, by the Government and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

Under this agreement, both sides pledge to ease tension and continue dialogue.

The document stems from a common desire to improve the general climate and create an environment of peace while avoiding statements likely to fuel tensions.

The agreement, signed in the presence of union and government delegations, states that the Government pledges to guarantee and defend the right to political, associative and union action and reject violence whatever its causes and origins.

The government denounces the attack that had targeted last December 4 the UGTT, its activists and employees.

A joint commission (UGTT-Government) will be created under this agreement to probe the violence that had taken place at Mohamed Ali Square last December 4 and the involvement of some committees of protection of the Revolution in these acts.

The commission will be established in tens days from the date of the signing of the agreement.

At the end of its works, one month after its establishment, the commission will submit its report to the Prime Minister to take needed legal measures.

The agreement also provides for expediting legal procedures to sue all those whose involvement will be proved.

The agreement was signed after a meeting of the UGTT Administrative Committee held in a Tunis hotel.

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