Press release

ILO expresses concern over violence against trade unions in Tunisia

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is very concerned about the violent attacks that have recently taken place against the offices of Tunisian trade unions.

Press release | 27 January 2011

GENEVA, ILO News – The International Labour Organization (ILO) is very concerned about the violent attacks that have recently taken place against the offices of Tunisian trade unions.

The Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Juan Somavia, said that "Peaceful dialogue has to prevail in order to ensure that a democratization process benefits the fundamental interests of workers, employers and the whole society.”

Since the beginnings of this crisis the ILO has kept in close contact with the social partners in Tunisia and will continue to carefully monitor the situation in line with ILO’s standing concern for the exercise of freedom of association.

“The role of trade unions and employers' organizations is crucial, and any attacks against them are attacks against the principles of social dialogue and tripartite cooperation, which the ILO stands for," said Mr. Somavia. "The ILO is listening carefully to the needs of its constituents and will examine together with them solutions to the economic, social and employment problems of the country.”

Mr. Somavia added that the ILO hopes that there soon will be a government based on the will of the people.