Tunisia: 'Phosphate Company of Gafsa, Chemical Group Matter of National Security,' Says Taboubi

Tunis/Tunisia — "The state of affairs is difficult," said Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (French: UGTT) Noureddine Tabboubi.

The Gafsa Phosphate Company (French: CPG), the Tunisian Chemical Group (French: GCT) and oil fields are a matter of national security," he told TAP on the fringes of the ordinary meeting of the regional union of Zaghouan held Tuesday in Hammamet.

The labour union endorses free expression. Ramping up pressure is necessary to have rights, he said, but only as part of an organised framework and without paralysing production.

Tabboubi said that the state of play is worsening with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the tourism hard and agriculture suffering from drought.

He denounced, in this vein, ongoing political conflicts and said the current situation requires the mobilisation of all resources to serve the country's interests without wasting any time.

UGTT's Tabboubi also called on PM-designate Hichem Mechichi to speed up the formation of a small government able to address economic challenges, pursue efforts to contain COVID-19 and gear up for the next school and academic years.

The labour union will not put forward any cabinet nominees but hopes Mechichi will make the right choice, especially as Tunisia boasts many competent people.

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