Bardo — Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said social dialogue is one of the foundations of political stability, social cohesion and economic growth and the best means to overcome social tensions, ensure the country's progress and achieve the objectives of the Revolution of Freedom and Dignity of December 17, 2010/January 14, 2011.
Speaking at a ceremony held Monday at the seat of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) on the signing of the social contract between the three production partners (Government, Tunisian General Labour Union "UGTT" and Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts "UTICA"), Mr. Jebali said the current social and economic situation recommends all to redouble efforts and commitment to consolidate the early signs of economic growth away from overbidding.
In this context, he called to work to guarantee the right of all Tunisians to live in dignity, without exclusion or marginalisation, enshrine the values of solidarity between regions, social segments and generations and prioritise the country's higher interest.
"Strengthening the human rights system, protecting the interests of all production sides, avoiding hiding the real social and economic situation and breaking with political instrumentalisation aimed at serving narrow interests, are the major orientations of the Government, underlined Mr. Jebali.
He also said the consensus around the signing of the social contract between the Government and its social partners is a major gain and a reason of pride for Tunisia since it reflects a deep shared conviction and a strong commitment to set up a roadmap likely to reach efficient solutions to problems of concern to the social and economic players so as to lay down the foundations of a better future.
Mr. Jebali added that his Government, which has striven to deal with the heavy legacy of the former regime and involve all sides to overcome temporary and structural problems, places the demands of the Revolution at the heart of its programmes.
"The Government is committed to enhance the participation of all political parties and representatives of the civil society to improve the political climate and achieve national concord."
Mr. Jebali added that his Government "does not always claim to find adequate and immediate solutions to problems posed" and relies on the understanding of its social partners, first and foremost the UGTT and UTICA.
The Prime Minister said axes of the social contract translate the major concerns and challenges posed.
These axes require deepening dialogue and consultation to bring viewpoints closer, iron out difficulties and enhance consensus around themes contained in the contract as part of respect of the rights of all sides, also said Mr. Jebali.