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Cabinet meeting examines political decree-laws and decides emergency social measures

Published the:  18/02/2011

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February 18, 2011 - TAP - The Cabinet meeting held, on Friday, an ordinary session under Interim President Foued Mebazaa's chairmanship, examined a set of decree-laws materializing the already announced political decisions, notably concerning:
  • General amnesty,
  • Higher Political Reform Commission,
  • Fact-Finding Commission on Abuses during the last period,
  • Fact-Finding Commission on Embezzlement and Corruption Cases and
  • Creation of a national commission for recovering financial assets that were illicitly acquired by the former leaders and their relatives.
Education Minister and caretaker Government Spokesman Taieb Baccouche said that the Cabinet, during its Friday meeting, decided a set of immediate social measures consisting in:
  • Increasing by 50,000 the number of families receiving allowances granted to the needy families, thus bringing the total number of these families up to 185,000. This allowance will be paid monthly, instead of every three months. The decision will come into effect as of next April.
  • Raising by 25,000 the number of free medical care cards.
These measures, the caretaker Government Spokesman specified, are part of a new all-inclusive and transparent vision aimed to integrate concerned persons in society by guaranteeing a minimum revenue to each family, in consecration of civic spirit.
  • Recruiting those laborers on sites who have been working on a permanent basis since last January 2000 in public services at the national and regional levels; and pay the Guaranteed Minimum Wage (SMIG) to laborers who have been working on the public service sites after January 2000. This measure will enter into effect as of next March 1st and recruitment will be carried out gradually.
It has also been decided to make laborers on sites benefit of the guaranteed daily minimum wage as of next March 1st.
Moreover, the Cabinet recommended to speed up regularization of the situation of contract civil servants and contract workers in public enterprises.
As regards sub-contracting, and more particularly security and cleaning firms, Mr. Baccouche pointed out that it was decided that Prime Ministry would release a circular letter abrogating the sub-contracting principle in central and regional administrations.
The caretaker Government Spokesman added that employment under the sub-contracting regime in public enterprises and establishments would be examined case by case, according to specificities and real needs of these establishments and enterprises.
As to sub-contracting in the private sector, the Cabinet laid emphasis on the need to put an end to this sector's excesses and to implement the social legislation in force in the various sectors.
Besides, the Cabinet recommended to start wage bargaining in their regulatory and financial aspects with stakeholders, while guaranteeing the normal functioning of public and private enterprises and energisation of economic activity at this delicate juncture the country is living through.