Tunis, Tunisia – (African Boulevard News) – The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) has criticized the government’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a loan package aimed at bailing out the North African country, as the government faces increasing pressure to solve its financial crisis.
UGTT chief Noureddine Taboubi called for transparency in the government’s handling of talks with the IMF, and criticized the lack of progress made in negotiations. He also expressed concern over the conditions likely to be attached to the loan, saying they could lead to further economic turmoil and exacerbate the suffering of ordinary Tunisians.
“The government should be transparent in its negotiations with the IMF, and ensure that the interests of Tunisian citizens are protected. Any IMF loan agreement must be in the interest of the people, and not just a way for politicians to stay in power,” said Taboubi.
The UGTT chief also stressed the importance of involving civil society groups and trade unions in the negotiation process, as they have a key role to play in ensuring that the loan is used for the benefit of all Tunisians.
“There must be a national dialogue that includes all stakeholders, including civil society groups and trade unions, to ensure that any IMF loan agreement is fair, just, and in the interest of all Tunisians,” he added.
Tunisia has been facing a severe economic crisis in recent years, with a declining economy, high levels of inflation, and rising unemployment. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation, leading to a decrease in economic activity and a decrease in tourism revenue.
The country is now seeking a loan from the IMF, which it hopes will help to stabilize its economy and reduce its debt burden. However, the proposed conditions attached to the loan have been a source of concern for many Tunisians, who fear that the loan will only serve to prolong their suffering.
In conclusion, the UGTT’s criticism of the government’s negotiations with the IMF highlights the need for greater transparency and public involvement in the decision-making process. As Tunisia looks to solve its financial crisis, it is important that all stakeholders are involved in the negotiation process, to ensure that any loan agreement is fair, just, and in the interest of all Tunisians.