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Future of Tunisia cannot be determined without unions, says UGTT

The Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) said that they support national dialogue in a consent-based and participatory approach and that the country's future cannot be determined without unions.

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Noureddine Taboubi, Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), Tunisia’s largest union, said that they support national dialogue in a consent-based and participatory approach if it is open to a consensus to achieve the goal.

Speaking at the opening of the UGTT’s regular meeting in Ben Arus, located in the south of the capital Tunis, Taboubi stated that “there is no escape from dialogue to secure the transitional path” and that “without union participation, there will be no dialogue.”

“Dialogue is one of the constants and traditions of the union. We support national dialogue in a consensual and participatory approach, provided that it is open to the consensus to achieve the goal,” said Taboubi.

Stating that they are not in any conflict with Tunisian President Kais Saied, Taboubi emphasized that they have different opinions on “some trends and ideas.”

Inviting President Saied to provide more descriptive information on the content of the national dialogue, Taboubi stated, “The union will announce whether it will support it after seeing the national dialogue program. The future of Tunisia cannot be determined without the unions.”

President Saied announced that after the cabinet meeting held on October 21, the government had the necessary will to solve economic and social problems and that they would initiate a transparent and sincere national dialogue with the participation of the youth.

It was stated that the political and electoral system would be discussed in the national dialogue and that the dialogue would take place within a certain period, within the framework of new ideas and formulas.

On July 25, Saied had taken a series of extraordinary decisions, which froze the work of the Assembly.

After the decisions taken, many political formations called for national dialogue to get rid of the political crisis in the country.

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