650,000 Public Workers on Strike for Better Wages in Tunisia

Around 650,000 Tunisian public workers launched a nationwide strike last week in protest of the government’s refusal to raise salaries. The strike took place in schools, universities and public hospitals.

The strike came after negotiations failed between the government and the public workers union.

The Tunisian government is under pressure from international lenders, particularly the IMF, which has forced the country to freeze wages. Tunisia signed a $2.8 billion loan deal with the IMF in 2016 to help stabilize their deteriorating economy.

 

 

Photo: “Street in Sousse medina (old town).” by Alisdare Hickson is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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