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There will be no increase in staple food prices (Taboubi)

Published the:  27/11/2017

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(TAP) – Secretary-General of Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Noureddine Tabboubi said on Monday there will be no increase in the prices of staple foods and that there is no question of selling public companies.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting between the UGTT Executive Board and a government delegation led by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, the union official said both sides have agreed on these two points as well as on several other issues, including the review of the situation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) on a case-by-case basis and their socio-economic restructuring and on all cases that have been the subject of previous agreements.

Taboubi described the meeting, which lasted more than four hours, as "positive", indicating that it was also agreed to accelerate the implementation of all signed agreements in accordance with a well-established timetable.

The secretary-general of the UGTT has indicated that a strategy will be developed by the end of March 2018 to regularise the situation of construction site workers (Mechanisms 16 and 20), in addition to the application of agreements on the issue of the formerly filed by the police.

 Regarding price squeeze and improvement of the purchasing power of employees, Taboubi said minutes relating to previous social negotiations will be implemented.

All issues that can contribute to a healthy social climate will be examined and there will be also joint work to promote the health sector and reform, secure and strengthen the infrastructure of educational institutions, he pointed out.

For his part, the minister in charge of relations with Parliament and government spokesperson Iyed Dahmani said the minutes of this meeting will be published in the next few hours.

The agreements between the two parties will be signed shortly, he added.

The government spokesman said the session has examined a number of hot issues of public concern, adding that both parties have agreed to form joint teams to deepen reflection on a number of other issues.