Tunisia’s largest union starts nationwide strike over pay

  • News Digest

Jan 18, 2019-

Rail, bus and air traffic stopped in Tunisia on Thursday after the powerful UGTT union staged a one-day nationwide strike to protest against the government’s refusal to raise the salaries of 670,000 public servants. Tunisia is under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to freeze public sector wages as part of reforms to help reduce its budget deficit. The one-day strike hit airports, ports, schools, hospitals, state media and government offices. Tunisia’s state-owned airline Tunisair expects major disruptions to its flight schedule due to the strike and urged customers to change bookings. At Tunis Carthage airport, most flights were canceled and check-in counters closed, leaving hundreds of angry passengers stranded. (REUTERS)

Published: 18-01-2019 09:45

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