International Labour Conference: Workers’ Group Statement on Tunisia

The Workers' Group has been monitoring with deep concern the latest violence in Tunisia triggered by fundamentalist groups in an attempt to undermine democratic values in the home of the Arab Spring.

Press release | 14 June 2012

The Workers' Group has been monitoring with deep concern the latest violence in Tunisia triggered by fundamentalist groups in an attempt to undermine democratic values in the home of the Arab Spring.

The attacks, carried out under the pretext of protecting religious values, have targeted cultural and administrative centers, artists and art galleries, quarters of democratic political parties, post offices, courts, police stations as well as the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

In light of these tragic and extremely worrying events, the Workers’ Group adds its voice to that of the international trade union movement in condemning the attack on democracy in Tunisia. It expresses its great concern for the safety of trade union leaders and all those who stand for democracy, human and trade union rights, civil liberties and the rule of law.

The Workers' Group condemns the campaign of extremists and fundamentalists, and calls on the Tunisian authorities to take all measures to immediately put an end to this instigated violence which has been building for some time.

The alarming physical attacks and the climate of fear and intimidation, which is meant to threaten the course of democratic transition in Tunisia as well as public and individual freedoms, is neither acceptable nor admissible.

The Workers’ Group expresses its full solidarity with the UGTT and the victims of these attacks and calls on the ILO to strongly condemn the violence committed by reactionary forces against the UGTT and civil liberties in Tunisia.

The Workers’ Group calls on the ILO to take every measure within its competences to defend trade union rights, social justice and to promote a new social contract that guarantees political stability and social and economic development within the confines of a democratic political system.