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Tunisia-public sector: More strikes and fewer lost days

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Social Affairs, strikes in the public sector rose by 17% during the month of June compared to May 2015. These strikes hit seven public companies, added the source said, noting that the number of relevant institutions also posted an increase of 17%.

The number of days lost, however, declined considerably, to stand at 98%, noted this department.

Concerning the grounds of strikes, wages and improved working conditions come top ranking with 43% followed by improved industrial relations (14%).

By region, the Greater Tunis has topped the list with 29% followed by Sousse and Bizerte 14% .The areas most affected by these movements are those of subcontracting and services (71%) followed by the transport sector and that of oil (14%)

Regarding strike notices, the services of the Labor Relations and Conciliation Commission recorded 6 strike notices on June 2015 against 20 strike notice in May, a decline of 70%. Only 5 strike notices have been canceled by the conciliation boards.

Sfax, the highest rate of strikes in the private sector

According to the same source, the number of strikes in the private sector fell by 44% during the month of June 2015, compared with the same month in 2014.

Indeed, 20 out of 27 decided strikes took place, which represent 74% of all strikes recorded in the public and private sector.

The number of companies affected by these movements, however, fell by 44%, compared to June 2014. Similarly, the number of days lost due to strikes have experienced significant regression, or 96%

As to legal strikes, 13 of 20 strikes took place during the month of June, i.e. a rate of 65%

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, metal and mechanical industries recorded the highest number of strikes with a rate of 30%, ahead of the textile, clothing and footwear 25% and the sector of subcontracting and services (15%).

Improving working conditions remains the main cause of these movements (48%), followed by the payment of wages and other benefits (37%) and the solidarity of workers (11%).

By region, Sfax recorded the highest rate of strikes (25%), followed by Ben Arous and Zaghouan (15%) and Sousse (10%)

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