Protests over the late payment of salaries in Tunisia… and international companies are threatening to leave the country permanently
The General University of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Tunisia (a union) strongly condemned the repeated delays in the payment of university professors’ salaries, and threatened to implement protest movements, amid warning that the 2022 Finance Law would cause financial losses of more than 1.5 billion dollars, after some international trade companies suspended their activities this month. and threatened to permanently leave the country.
The government did not pay the salaries of public employees – including professors – for the previous month of work, despite the passage of more than 10 days since they were due, according to Anadolu Agency.
For the purposes of calculating the salary, the month in Tunisia begins on the 16th and ends on the 15th of the following month, and is disbursed after 3 days, that is, on the 18th of each month.
The General University of Higher Education (which is affiliated with the General Labor Union) condemned – through a statement yesterday – the damage caused by the delay in the payment of salaries, which every time causes many problems for university students in their banking obligations or their daily expenses and facing the dire economic situation in light of what the country is going through. From a rise in prices.
The economic situation in Tunisia has worsened in light of a severe political crisis, since President Kais Saied, on July 25, began imposing exceptional measures; These include freezing parliament, dismissing the government, and issuing legislation by presidential decree.
The General University of Higher Education threatened to carry out protest movements to repeat the delay in the payment of university professors’ salaries.
It held the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research responsible for what it said was the marginalization of the university family by the Presidency of the Government and the Ministry of Finance, by tabulating it at the bottom of the differential list of wages disbursement, according to the statement.
Losses due to the Finance Act 2022
و .كد Ziad Al-Jawadi, Vice-President of the National Trade Union Chamber of International Trade Companies of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts International trade companies are preparing to permanently exit Tunisia or change the nature of their activities that have been in practice for many years due to the procedures contained in the Finance Law of 2022.
Al-Jawadi revealed – in an interview For African ManagerAbout a thousand companies working in the field of international trade have actually begun to take the necessary practical steps to express their rejection of these measures, as these companies completely suspended their activities throughout last January, and wrote to the concerned authorities to stop the work of this chapter or postpone its implementation.
Al-Jawadi pointed out that the process of stopping the activity since the beginning of 2022 caused a loss of exports worth 375 million dinars ($129 million), a loss borne by companies and the state alike.
He warned that about 4.5 billion dinars ($1.55 billion) in exports are threatened with extinction in the event of not finding a practical and quick solution to get out of the current crisis.
Al-Jawadi explained that these companies are threatened with losing their position, in addition to that this measure will weaken the competitiveness of these companies compared to international markets that are characterized by high logistical capabilities.
He believed that requiring international export companies to pay 19% of their turnover before practicing their activity would increase the financing problems they face, and would create major difficulties for them on the level of liquidity, in addition to that this would prevent the expansion of their field of activity and the development of the institution.
He pointed out that the current crisis experienced by these institutions will cast a shadow over Tunisian factories, as international trade companies deal with all factories in various specializations.