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Powerful Tunisian union starts nationwide strike over pay

12:03am GMT

TUNIS Tunisia's biggest union, UGTT, started a nationwide strike on Thursday affecting the country's airports, schools and state media to protest against the government's refusal to raise the salaries of 670,000 public servants.

UPDATE 1-Powerful Tunisian union starts nationwide strike over pay

16 Jan 2019

TUNIS, Jan 16 Tunisia's biggest union, UGTT, started a nationwide strike on Thursday affecting the country's airports, schools and state media to protest against the government's refusal to raise the salaries of 670,000 public servants.

Tunisia's parliament rejects bill on lifting retirement age

13 Dec 2018

TUNIS Tunisia's parliament rejected on Thursday a bill to raise the retirement age by two years to 62, in a severe blow to Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, whose government is under pressure from international lenders to cut state spending.

Tunisia doctors protest against wage disclosure

13 Dec 2018

TUNIS, - Hundreds of lawyers and doctors in Tunisia protested on Wednesday against a new law that will force them to disclose their salaries as part of a government bid to raise taxes.

Tunisian PM says he expects new foreign exchange law

07 Dec 2018

SOUSSE, Tunisia, Dec 7 Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Friday that he expected Tunisia to adopt a new foreign exchange law, amid calls from Tunisian firms struggling to access hard currency for more transparency and less red tape.

Saudis will lend Tunisia $500 million and finance projects: sources

28 Nov 2018

TUNIS Saudi Arabia will lend Tunisia $500 million at a favorable interest rate and will finance two projects worth $140 million, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday, a day after a visit from the Saudi crown prince that drew Tunisian protests.

Tunisians stage first Arab protests against visiting Saudi crown prince

27 Nov 2018

TUNIS Hundreds of Tunisians staged the first protests of the Arab world against Saudi Arabia's crown prince as he arrived on a visit on Tuesday, denouncing him as a murderer involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Hundreds protest in Tunisia against Saudi Crown Prince's visit

27 Nov 2018

TUNIS, Nov 27 Hundreds of Tunisians protested on Tuesday against a visit by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, denouncing the top Saudi royal as a murderer in the second straight day of demonstrations condemning the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Tunisian activists protest against Saudi Crown prince visit

26 Nov 2018

TUNIS Dozens of Tunisian rights activists and journalists staged a small protest on Monday against a planned visit by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Tunisia's powerful union calls new national strike to press wage demands

24 Nov 2018

TUNIS Tunisia's powerful UGTT union called another national strike for January to press its demand for higher wages after the government said on Saturday it would seek a realistic pay deal.

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