19 May 2016

Tunisia: Social Dialogue Only Way to Promote Labour Relations and Preserve Social Peace (PM)

Tunis — Prime Minister Habib Essid, on Thursday, said social dialogue is the only guarantor of the promotion of labour relations and preservation of social peace and the only way to reach the development objectives given its contribution to upholding the values of labour and attributes of social justice to achieve the desired development.

Speaking at the opening of a national conference on "enshrining the value of work and institutionalising social dialogue for a better future," added that dialogue and consensus on various national issues and choices are the best way to achieve social stability, comprehensive development and sustainable justice.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed the role of social partners in contributing to meet the current challenges, bring the democratic and social transition to a conclusive end and promote the country's growth thanks to the establishment of a climate of security and stability.

In this regard, the praised the patriotic sense showed by social partners during the difficult stages experienced by the country, especially on the eve of the Revolution by adopting a policy of constructive dialogue and upholding the country's higher interest.

Essid also said Tunisia's ratification of conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reflects the importance the country attaches to international labour standards as well as its full embracing of the organisation's orientations and principles and objectives it seeks to achieve.

Essid reminded that the signing of the social contract on January 14, 2013 by the government, the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), in the presence of the ILO Director has come to strengthen social dialogue as an ideal framework allowing to protect workers' rights and guarantee decent work, social protection, equality, stability and social peace in a way that meets the Tunisian people's aspirations.

The government and all social partners are determined to implement the points contained in the social contract, through the creation of mechanisms that favour the achievement of these objectives.

He, in this context, reminded of the development of a bill on the creation of a national council of social dialogue.

The creation of this council is a big step towards the perpetuation of social dialogue.

The conference is held by the Ministry of Social Affairs, in association with the International Labour Office and is part of the centenary of the International Labour Organisation.

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