Tunisia update

Posted: 20/02/2011 in Uncategorized

 Tunis 20 February: tens of thousands march to topple the interim government and reoccupy the Government Square in Al-Qasbah. A sit-in began and the army is present and is spending the night with the protesters.

Tunis 19 February 2011: a march for secularism organised by democratic forces and individuals who are for the separation between the state and religion. It came as a response to some Islamists who went out a few days ago chanting for an Islamic state and the harrassments against women who do not wear the veil.

19 February 2011: Unknown forces close a brothel in Tunis…

17 February 2011: a march in Jendouba (large city in northwestern Tunisia): “the people want to overthrow the government”


An interview with a Tunisia union leader

Tunisian General Union of Labour

Tunis 29 January 2011

 A few hours after the remaking of the the government that has hijacked our people’s revolution, the newly appointed police chiefs and security apparatuses-known for their allegiance to the old regime-started a savage attack on non- violent activists sitting,for a few days in Al-Qasbah (govermental headquarters). They used prohibited tear-gas bombs, side arms, trained dogs, sticks, chains…”RCD militias” joined them to beat and even use fire arms against the unarmed militants, chasing them through the capital’s streets and lanes.

It seems that the illegitimate hijacker government aims, through bloody repressive means,at terrorizing our people and disable its resistance so that  to prove its power, re-enact its apparatuses to control the people, steal its wealth and go back to its dictatorial and corrupt methods.

 What happened during the last few days (27/28/29 Jan) has proved that the hijacker government took no real positive measures to freeze RCD’s bank accounts which they still use to employ militias to terrorize non-violent militants. It has been also proved that the new government together with RCD’s members helped Ben Ali’s former followers and groups flee the country by giving them cover and refusing to bring them to justice. They also use the media and press to discredit the revolution so as to divide people and show militant teachers as enemies of the nation and of pupils.

 Given that, we the undersigned unions, condemns the attack carried out by the hijacker government police on those occupying Al-Qasbah and calls for an investigation of what happened in order to hold the perpetrators of such an act . Besides we express our condemnation of RCD’s militias’ attacks on some educational institutions, teachers and unions’ headquarters. We also support people’s demands to dissolve the RCD due to the crimes committed and still perpetrated against the Tunisian people. In addition, we call for an immediate establishment of a national council to protect the revolution. We also condemn the media for siding with the government and giving the public misleading information.

 We, therefore, call the Tunisian people, militants, political parties and all elements of of the civil society to continue their struggle so as to achieve the Revolution’s primary objectives: freedom, democracy and social justice.

Glory to our martyrs – Long live our people’s struggle

 – Ridha Ashtioui, General Secretary of the General Union of Media Counsellors, School and University Orientation.

– Hfaidth Hafaidth. the General Secretary of the General Union of Basic Education.

– Sami Attahri, the General Secretary of the General Union of Secondary Education.

 [Translated from Arabic by Tessy Cat and Nadim Mahjoub]

UGTT Bizerte Statement

Posted: 27/01/2011 in trade unions

The UGTT ( Bizerte ) pays tribute to the martyrs of the tremendous people’s revolution and in the wake of the social, political and security situation and the resulting radical and historical changes in the life of our beloved country and our struggling people, we demand:

1) the dissolution of the ruling party cells in work places and the nationalization of the assets of its ruling party and holding accountable those involved in corruption.

2)A constituent assembly to draft a new constitution that involve the UGTT, and whose members are from the civil society who have not been involved with the former regime.

3) A national coalition government that represents all groups and organisations in society in which the UGTT does not take part in it.

4) A general amnesty.

5) The immediate formation of the following committees:

– An investigative Committee to prosecute those who have been proven guilty directly or indirectly in the killing of people through the use of live ammunition or through giving the order to do so.

– A Committee to track those involved in corruption and have abused public money and those who have used all forms of corruption regardless of their stature.

– These committees consist of independent individuals and jurists to be agreed upon after consultation with civil society groups and organisations.

We refuse the attempt of the imperial powers to encroach on the revolution.

We call for: the need to preserve public and private property and the free and peaceful way of expression and we call business owners and retail stores to return to economic activity and to open their shops and meet the needs of the citizens in order to minimise some acts of looting and robbery carried out by unknown groups.

The formation of committees for the protection of the headquarters of the UGTT, public property, work places as well as families, citizens and the general public from all types of robbery and assault.

For the Executive Office of UGTT (Bizerte)
General Secretary Abdul Karim Al-Khalki

January 15, 2011

[Translated from Arabic by Fathi Ouerda and Nadim Mahjoub]

A letter from UNISON

Posted: 25/01/2011 in trade unions

A letter from UNISON to Tunisian embassador in Britain

Model Motion for Trade Unions in Tunisia

On Wednesday January 19th 2011 the Palestinian people will congregate in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza and Yafa to support the Tunisian people. Tunis’s revolution has proven, once again, that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed.


– A nonviolent demonstration to support the revolution in Tunis
– No Partisan Political Slogans
– Palestinian and Tunisian flags only
– We invite the police to maintain our safety and freedom of expression
– Palestinians will congregate in Al-Manara – Ramallah , Unknown Soldier Square Gaza , Damascus Gate – Jerusalem , and The Clock Tower in Yafa.

The 9 Points of the WCPT

The Brutal Truth about Tunisia (Robert Fisk)

What the Arab papers say (the Economist)

Corruption, Tax Evasion, Criminal Activity Cost Tunisia US$1.16 Billion Per Year From 2000-2008


Posted: 16/01/2011 in announcements
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40 people attended TSC first meeting:  great discussion today (15 January 2011)…Thanks to all who have showed solidarity and participated in the first meeting of the campaign.