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General constitutive assembly of National Council of Social Dialogue kicks off works

Published the:  27/11/2018

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(TAP) - The general constitutive assembly of the National Council of Social Dialogue kicked off works on Tuesday in Tunis, in the presence of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and representatives of national organisations, namely, the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP).

This project is part of the implementation of the provisions of the social contract signed on January 14, 2013, and aims to guarantee political stability, social cohesion and economic growth.

Taking the flore, UGTT Secretary-General Noureddine Tabboubi said that the National Council of Social Dialogue will be the appropriate space to reinforce dialogue about the priorities of the social contract, notably economic and regional development, industrial relations, decent work, vocational training and social protection, which will help conceive a new model of inclusive and participatory development that breaks with the past.

He added that the Council will facilitate the seamless exchange of information, studies and documents.

"Thus dialogue will be reinforced at all levels (regional, sectoral, local) and even within enterprises, with a view to guaranteeing the principles of decent employment on the one hand and stepping up the country’s competitiveness, on the other," Tabboubi pointed out.

The UGTT secretary-general affirmed the union's commitment to join the national efforts to implement decent work programs in Tunisia (2017-2022), indicating that the spirit of responsibility, good intention and mutual trust are the key conditions for ensuring the efficiency and success of social dialogue.

In this regard, he underlined that efforts should be exerted to ensure the rights of workers in all sectors, mainly the agricultural and informal sectors.

For his part, Social Affairs Minister Mohamed Trabelsi pointed out that the creation of the National Council of Social Dialogue aims to develop partnership between the three production sides to devise economic, social and cultural laws in light of changes and transition, to boost investment and secure the conditions for a decent job.

The minister added that this new structure will prevent social conflicts and develop social legislation particularly with regard to industrial relations, social protection and vocational training.

He further indicated that the institutionalisation of social dialogue is one of the foundations of good governance and strengthening of democracy.

In his address, Director of the International Labour Organisation Country Office for Maghreb Countries Mohamed Ali Diahi said that social dialogue is the only way to guarantee social peace, adding that studies have shown that countries with stable and effective institutions for dialogue and social negotiations have more capacity to cope with and adapt to external shocks.

The National Council for Social Dialogue is made up of 35 members representing the government, 35 members representing the most representative workers' organisation, 30 members representing the most representative employers' organisation of the non-agricultural sector and 5 representatives of the most representative employers’ organisation of the agricultural sector