Tunisia: Organisations and Trade Unions Announce Their Support for People's Demands

Tunis/Tunisia — Organizations and trade unions have announced their support for the demands of the people expressed during their peaceful movements, after the failure of the current government to find solutions to the health, economic, social and political crisis.

"The revision of policies and economic and social choices is, today, necessary under threat of creating the same crisis that has continued for years," they said.

In a joint statement issued Tuesday by the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), they called on the President of the Republic to set a roadmap according to a clear timetable that does not exceed thirty days, involving all civil forces.

It should be based on urgent issues, such as the fight against Covid-19, the revision of the electoral law and the political system and the fight against corruption.

The signatories also warned against any illegitimate and unjustified extension of the suspension of the activities of state institutions, stressing the need to respect the one-month deadline mentioned in the Constitution.

The unions and organisations have, on another level, called on citizens to exercise self-control and not to be drawn into violence, advocating to preserve the country's institutions and the interests of the people.

Moreover, they urged the political forces to place the general interest above all other considerations and to adopt a dialogue on conflicting issues.

A joint working committee will be formed to monitor developments in the political situation in the country and to develop a roadmap, in collaboration with civil society organisations before submitting it to the President of the Republic and public opinion.

The signatories of this statement are the SNJT, the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the National Bar Association of Tunisia, the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD), the Association of Tunisian judges (AMT), the Tunisian League of Human Rights (LTDH) and the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights (FTDES).

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