(TAP) – The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) intends to present a proposal of a draft law on the status of central unions in the cereals and seeds sector.
The UGTT, the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP) and the Agriculture Ministry had agreed that this kind of unions should have a specific status that takes into consideration the social, economic and financial aspects of this field, adviser attached to the Minister of Agriculture Wassila Ayari pointed out to TAP.
Taking the floor during the national conference organised on Friday in Tunis, under the theme: “Which status to be set up for the unions operating in the cereals and seeds field,” Ayari added thta this draft law will help change the legal status of these unions and “to protect their recruitment capacity wether for secure or for seasonal jobs.”
For his part, UGTT Secretary-General Noureddine Tabboubi pointed out the need to develop the legal framework of the cereals unions, given their importance.
Besides, he reiterated the need to boost the marketing of agricultural products and to promote the agricultural sector in general.
Taking the floor, Minister of Agriculture Samir Taieb estimated that these unions are a national gain that should be protected and supported, specifying in this regard, that a social and financial reform plan had been devised for their benefit and a commission had been created within the ministry to follow-up this issue.
The cereals and seeds central unions are currently governed by Law No.94 of 2005.
The Troika government was presented to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) in 2013, a bill on the the status of unions which was submitted to the UGTT which rejected it, hence its suspension till today.
The experience of central unions was adopted in Tunisia during the 1960s at the initiative of former Health Minister Ahmed Ben Saleh during the rule of late President Habib Bourguiba. This experience was rejected due to the deterioration of the agricultural productivity.