Tuesday, January 11 2022

Tunisia has pledged to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to freeze public sector salaries and hiring for the next three years until 2024, powerful local NGO I Watch revealed, citing a leaked document on the negotiations. pending for a loan between the North African country. and the Washington-based lender.
Tunisia is in talks with the IMF for a multi-million dollar loan needed to support the 2022 national budget of around $ 2.8 billion. The talks, according to the governor of Tunisia’s central bank, Marouane Abasi, will end in the first quarter of this year.
I Watch, the national section of Transparency International, said on its Facebook page that Tunisia has agreed to freeze salaries and refrain from hiring in the public sector until 2024 to meet IMF demands.
The demands also include the gradual lifting of energy subsidies in order to achieve real pricing by 2026 and an increase in electricity prices for households as well as the definition of a financial recovery plan for public enterprises. and arrears clearance, as well as the disengagement of the State from non-strategic activities.
The NGO also denounced the lack of communication from the Tunisian state on the talks. The revelations come amid rumors that the Tunisian government is considering lower wages.
Noureddine Taboubi, general secretary of the country’s powerful workers’ union, UGTT, said last month that his organization had been called on to support the government’s plan to cut public sector wages by 10 percent and freeze them for five years.
Hfaiedh Hfaiedh, Taboubi’s deputy, however debunked I Watch on Tuesday, arguing that the national budget presented last week did not provide for any pay cut but rather an increase in the wage bill.


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