Private sector employees in the Sfax governorate, central Tunisia, carried out a strike to demand an increase in wages and an improvement in the purchasing power of citizens, while former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki warned that current President Kais Saied’s policies are “dragging the country into the abyss.”
The Tunisian Labor Union in the governorate, which is the economic lung of the country, called on private sector employees to make the strike successful in order to achieve their demands after the failure of negotiations with representatives of private enterprises.
For its part, the Tunisian Union of Industry and Trade expressed its astonishment at the implementation of the strike, which includes more than 170 economic institutions. The union considered, in a statement, the current situation the country is going through inappropriate to talk about salary increases and privileges.
The director of Al Jazeera’s office in Tunisia, Lotfi Hajji, said that 20 institutions settled their positions and did not participate in the strike, and about 150 institutions remained participating in the strike today.
In a related context, former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki warned that President Kais Saied’s policies are dragging the country into the abyss.
And he said on his Facebook page, that Said destroyed the state of institutions through his exceptional measures, and now he is working to destroy the Tunisian state as a state, as he put it.
Al-Marzouki also called on Tunisian parties and unions to forget their differences and unite to save the country, and said that a popular movement is necessary to isolate and try President Kais Saied.
Marzouki called on the Tunisian state institutions to realize the danger of the idea of so-called “basic democracy” promoted by President Kais Saied and his supporters, he said.
Since last July 25, Tunisia has been experiencing a severe political crisis that began with President Said’s decision to suspend parliament, lift the immunity of his deputies, and dismiss former Prime Minister Hicham Al-Mashishi.
This was followed by Saeed’s decision to abolish the constitutionality of laws monitoring body, issue legislation by presidential decrees, and be headed by the Public Prosecution, provided that he assume the executive authority with the help of a government that appointed Najla Boden to head it.