Tunisia..the government and the General Labor Union discuss the economic crisis and talk about the delay in the payment of salaries

The salary bill for public employees in Tunisia is estimated at about $610 million, and the salary item constitutes about half of the monthly expenditure.


Yesterday, Wednesday, Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden discussed the economic crisis in the country and ways to address it, with the head of the General Labor Union, Noureddine Taboubi, at a time when the government was late in disbursing the salaries of a number of employees for the third month due to the budget deficit, according to experts.

The meeting between Boden and Al-Taboubi is the first between them since the new government assumed its duties last September.

Purity People’s News newspaperaffiliated with the General Labor Union – the largest trade union organization in the country – on the authority of Al-Taboubi as saying that the Prime Minister is counting on the union, within the framework of national solidarity, in order to save the country from the difficult situation on the social and economic levels.

Al-Taboubi said that he sensed Prime Minister Najla Boden’s desire to search for solutions, to seek success and to address issues, especially at the level of economic dynamism and investment for employment and development.

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.

Budget deficit

Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency reported that the Tunisian government did not pay the salaries of a segment of public employees for the previous month of work, despite the passage of more than 10 days since they were due, which experts attribute to the deficit in the state budget.

In Tunisia, the month for the purpose of calculating the salary begins on the 16th of the month, and ends on the 15th of the following month, and the salary is paid after 3 days (18th of each month).

This is the third month in which public employees’ salaries have been delayed.

A number of education workers told Anadolu Agency that they had not received their salaries for the past month (from September 16 to October 15 this year) so far.

Economist Reda Shkandali – in a statement to Anadolu Agency – attributed the delay in the payment of salaries to the deficit in the state budget.

The economic expert explained that among the solutions offered to find the necessary liquidity is to print the currency for one month, despite the serious consequences of this step, especially the high inflation in the country.

And data from the Tunisian Ministry of Finance showed a decrease in the budget deficit during the first eight months of this year by 38% to 3 billion dinars (about one billion dollars) at the end of last August, compared to 4.9 billion dinars ($1.75 billion).

The ministry attributed the decrease in the deficit to an increase in tax revenues by more than 10%.

Staff bill

The salary bill for public employees in Tunisia is estimated at 1.7 billion dinars (about 610 million dollars), and the salary item constitutes about half of the monthly expenditure.

But the former Minister of Trade, Mohsen Hassan, said – in a previous interview with Al-Jazeera Net – that the first challenge for the Boden government lies in working to mobilize resources externally and internally in light of the high deficit in the state budget for the current and next years.

He pointed out that the deficit in the state budget has become a real dilemma, whether it is to cover the expenses of the remainder of the last quarter of 2021 at a value of $3 billion, or for the year 2022 in relation to the external commitments of the Tunisian state in particular.

As for the economic expert, Izz al-Din Saidan, he admitted – in his previous interview to Al-Jazeera Net – that there are major fears and threats related to public finance, considering that the state needs to meet its budget expenditures for the last quarter of this year – which is estimated at 18 billion dinars (about 6.6 billion dollars) – You may find it difficult to package.

Last August, Tunisia received $741 million from the International Monetary Fund, out of $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights distributed by the Fund to member states (190 countries). Tunisia allocated most of the amount to fund wages for the past months.

Source : The island + Websites + Anadolu Agency

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