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The Union of Tunisian University Teachers and Researchers has staged a sit-in to protest the freezing of wages of striking teachers

The Union of Tunisian University Teachers and Researchers (IJABA) has staged a sit-in in front of the Ministry of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to protest the freezing of wages of striking teachers. Najmeddine Jaouida, General Coordinator of the union, called on MEPs not to adopt a bill which would promote investment in the private education sector. He felt that this law would provide for a definitive break with the public university and lead the way to an anarchic privatization of universities.

Source: La Presse de Tunisie

The reorganization of Tunisair

The minister of transport, Hichem Ben Ahmed, has denied that plans are afoot to privatize Tunisair. But he “announced that a council of ministers chaired by the head of government, Chahed Youssef, will be held next month to study the reorganization of Tunisair.”

Source: African Manager

Public enterprises need to be made more efficient, well-managed and economically justified

Maher Gaida of the Order of Accountants says public enterprises need to be made more efficient, well-managed and economically justified, but “those who think we have too many public companies in the country are wrong. In relation to the magnitude of the projects to be undertaken in this country, we need more public companies, but healthy, efficient companies that are inverting, taking risks and pulling forward, which is far from the case today.”

Source: Webmanagercenter

"State public enterprises defend the national interest”

With national elections scheduled for October, privatisation has become a central issue. The UGTT union federation has scheduled a strike for February 20-21. “The UGTT will need a broader platform than simple salary increases for public servants,” reports African Manager. According to UGTT deputy general secretary Mohamed Ali Boughdiri, “its economic programme will include policies favourable to companies, but also safeguard public enterprises in the ‘strategic sectors,’ electricity (production and distribution), gas, water supply, transport, cement, oilseeds, phosphate mining, education and health. ‘The private sector only runs after the profits,’ he explains. ‘State public enterprises defend the national interest.’”

Source: African Manager

Strike in public service, response to wrong policies adopted by government

A breakdown in wage negotiations between the government and the unions over a civil service pay rise led to a November 22 strike. In a statement, the UGTT “said the strike is aimed at defending public institutions and the quality of the services they are supposed to offer. This mobilization also aims to enable the public service to recover its pioneering role in the socio-economic field, said the same source, which emphasises the commitment to the decision on the regularization of the situation of all workers who have a precarious job quoting, in particular, construction workers.”

Source: TAP

Privatization of public enterprises must be subject to a public debate

As the debate over privatization intensifies, the UGTT is demanding that “the restructuring of public enterprises and, where appropriate, their privatization,” must be subject to “a public debate on the benefits to be derived for the country in both cases.” A breakdown in wage negotiations between the government and the unions over a civil service pay rise led to a November 22 strike.

Source: Kapitalis

How the European Union accord would promote privatization in Tunisia?

A mobilization against the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA; ALECA) has generated debate on how the European Union accord would promote privatization in Tunisia. “The Economic and Social Research Association Mohamed Ali El Hakim is named after the founder of the trade union movement in Tunisia. It was created by activists on the left, mainly from the popular front. Its main objective is to propagate a knowledge on economic, social subjects with a militant word that exceeds the dominant discourse, the liberal discourse. ARES has also published three collective works, a first on debt, a second on the economic crisis in Tunisia—with a historical reading of the development model – and a third on the 2018 finance law. A fourth is in the process of being published and deals with public companies and the debate about their privatization.”

EBRD is pushing ‘public-private partnerships’ in Tunisia

Pierre Heilbronn, vice president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is pushing ‘public-private partnerships’ in Tunisia. “When I came to Tunis with a delegation of the World Bank, it was to find a balance between bringing private investors contributing to the construction of infrastructure and the interests of the state. This requires reform, a legislative framework but also an implementation of this framework on all projects that can be discussed.”

The powerful UGTT trade union is denouncing the campaign being waged against it

The powerful UGTT trade union is denouncing the “demonization and smear campaign” being waged against it. “It said that the campaign was a reaction to the ‘independent positions’ taken by the union and had intensified after the union took a stance against the privatization of public institutions, criticized the government's performance and called for ‘pumping new blood’ into state institutions.” Prime Minister Youssef Chahed met in early March with UGTT head Noureddine Taboubi after Taboubi criticised the government's performance in particular when it came to the privatization of public sector institutions. [BBC Monitoring in Arabic, 17 March and 6 March 2018]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

The Ministry of State Domains and Land Affairs has “denied any intention to privatize the housing land Agency"

The Ministry of State Domains and Land Affairs has “denied any intention to privatize the housing land Agency (AFH) or other agencies within the department, according to a statement in Tunis. This development comes in response to a professional motion published by the syndicate of agents of AFH, in which the union points out that the Minister of State Property and Land Affairs has called for the privatization of the agency.

Source: African Manager