Tunisia : Trade unions set up “COVID-19 fighting fund”

30 March 2020 06:17

The Tunisia General Labor Union (UGTT) and FGBB have decided to set up a “COVID-19 fighting fund” to help workers affected by the international health crisis. 

FGBB explained that the fund will be deducted from union members’ day fee which represents 90 billion Tunisians Dinar or about $ 34 million.

FGBB General Secretary Bahri Taieb said that due to the “inflexibility” of several cement plants and factories which implemented COVID-related termination of workers, trade unions and federations launched a broad support campaign for its members and called on factories to revoke its termination notices. 

The unions said that the government is in permanent state of crisis management, with a committee formed to monitor workers’ health and safety and possible labour rights violations, and implement health and safety measures in the workplaces.  

It is also reported that the government pledged to secure the incomes of workers and asked employees to stay at home and go on self-quarantine.