Tunisia, union reach deal to raise wages

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- REUTERS, TUNIS

Feb 8, 2019-

Tunisia’s government reached a deal with the powerful UGTT union to raise the wages of 670,000 public employees, three sources close to negotiations told Reuters on Thursday, ending months of tension in the North Africa country. Tunisia is under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to freeze public-sector wages—the bill for which doubled to about 16 billion dinars ($5.5 billion) in 2018 from 7.6 billion in 2010—to help reduce its budget deficit.

The North African country’s economy has been in crisis since the autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in 2011, with unemployment and inflation shooting up. 

Published: 08-02-2019 13:36

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