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Cabinet meeting voices concern about labour stoppages, calls to join efforts

Published the:  12/07/2011

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July 12, 2011 - TAP - The interim Cabinet, meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Caretaker President Foued Mebazaa, examined the following issues:
1.  Two draft decree-laws presented by National Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi.
The first amends and completes the code of defence and military sanctions. The point is, notably, to institutionalise the second-degree penalty and criminal jurisdiction, with the possibility of instituting civil action proceedings in military courts.
The second decree-law pertains to the administration of military justice and provides for the special status of military attorneys. It is notably meant to institutionalise a military magistracy council with the possibility of having recourse to penalty decisions before the administrative court.
2.  A draft decree-law authorising ratification of the Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO) Convention. This draft law was presented by Interim Foreign Minister Mohamed Mouldi Kéfi.
3.  Two draft decree-laws were presented by Industry and Technology Minister Abdelaziz Rassaa. The first authorises ratification by the Republic of Tunisia of the Madrid agreement on the international registration of brands. The second authorises the approval, by the Tunisian Republic, of the Geneva document related to the Hague arrangement on  international registration of industrial models.
4.  A draft amendment to the decree-law pertaining to the election of the National Constituent Assembly, of May 10, 2011, presented by the delegate Minister to the Prime Minister Riadh Belhaj. It notably deals with the authorisation of the Tunisian expatriates to vote on simple presentation of a passport, along with other procedural arrangements.
The Cabinet meeting approved of these decree-laws.
5.  Besides, the meeting discussed, upon proposal by Social Affairs Minister Mohamed Ennaceur, the likelihood of integrating the labour inspectors and social services staff into the special bodies.
He recommended to deepen examination of this issue in co-ordination with the other ministries.
Besides, the meeting listened to a set of exposés:
1.  An exposé on the security situation in the country. In spite of the clearly improved conditions, the meeting voiced concern about the phenomenon of labour stoppages that disrupt the normal functioning of the economic and transport enterprises. The meeting called on all concerned sides— political parties, organisations and associations—to join their efforts in fighting this phenomenon which threatens the country's economy, the citizens' interests and stability of the public services.
The Cabinet laid emphasis, in this connection, on the special responsibility that falls on media to inform the public opinion about the need to make a clear distinction between, on the one hand, the legitimate claims and guaranteeing the national community's interests, on the other, so that such devious conducts do not tarnish the radiant image of the Revolution on the international stage.
2.  An exposé presented by Agriculture and Environment Minister Mokhtar Jallali highlighted that the agricultural campaign was proceeding under relatively good conditions.
He also briefed the Cabinet on the ministry's programme aiming to restructure public lands and the procedures adopted to improve management of the agricultural development and valorisation companies.
3.  A briefing was presented by Trade and Tourism Minister Mehdi Haouas on the progress of trade and tourism sectors' indicators. He pointed out that the present supply and the one planned for the month of Ramadan are going on at a normal pace, while the tourism sector is facing some hardships.
4.  A presentation was made by Education Minister Taieb Baccouche on the results of the national exams, particularly those of the baccalaureate. The Cabinet took note of the success of the school year and of its results, which were overall satisfactory, thanks to the combination of efforts exerted by all sides, namely the extended educational community, parents, the Army and the security forces and civil society.
In his briefing, the minister also spoke of a series of proposed educational reforms to be put into effect in curricula, their articulation and the targets to reach.
5.  A briefing was made by Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Rafaât Chaâbouni on the balance sheet of the academic year. The Minister spoke about the need to improve the level of higher-education orientation.
6.  In his presentation, Employment and Vocational Training Minister Said El Aydi spoke about the operations of recruitment in all sectors of activity and whose results will be announced in the coming weeks.