Country background Tunisia

Tunisia is a state located on the Mediterranean southern coast.

Tunisia and UGTT

In 2013 the population of Tunisia was approximately 10, 833,431. Tunisia´s capital and biggest city is Tunis and is located near the Mediterranean coast in the northern part of the country.

The Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT) is the national trade union in Tunisia. UGTT was founded in 1946 and is the central organization in Tunisia and has over one million members.  The UGTT is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions.

The UGTT was the best organized force during the uprising in 2010-2011. The UGTT worked together with the Tunisian Human Rights League, the Tunisian confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers that was collectively called the National Dialogue Quartet. The Quartet worked to address the national dissension that followed the Jasmine Revolution in 2011. The National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 for their work. In January 2013 a social contract with guidance was signed for future cooperation between the Tunisian government and UGTT. The UGTT has an important role in the Tunisian society and focus much on education and equality.

The Fédération Nationale des Transport (FNT) is the transport union of Tunisia and is affiliated with the ITF. The Fédération Nationale des Transport is a strong union and have a history of fighting for the rights of workers within the transport sector in Tunisia as well as supporting campaigns across the world. The federation has over 50.000 members and promotes workers’ rights in road, aviation, tramway and seafarers sectors. The federation has negotiated a collective bargaining agreement for the public owned companies. 

In addition to the FNT, the ITF has also strong affiliated unions which include; the Fédération Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (Tunisian Railways union), representing 4500 workers, and the Federation Generale des Ports et Dockers (Tunisian Dockers union), with more than 2000 workers.

All three unions act under the UGTT umbrella, and have stood side by side along with workers from all different sectors in leading the revolution, in seek of social justice and a sustainable public sector for their country.

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