Systematic violations of rights

Same as last year

Workers' rights violations


In 2020, 56 Tunisian workers employed by Gartex were dismissed, including elected leaders of the works union and members of the advisory committee, for attempting to raise workplace safety issues with the management. This was not the first time that Gartex retaliated against its workers. In 2018, the union's general secretary and his deputy were sacked after organising a meeting with workers to discuss workplace issues.

Right to collective bargaining

In November 2020, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) organised various protests in newsrooms across the country, calling on journalists from public and private media to wear red armbands. On 26 November, Tunisian journalists demonstrated massively to denounce the undue delays in gazetting the collective agreement for journalists, officially signed on 9 January 2019.

This agreement was the result of long years of negotiations between the SNJT and the employers of the sector and it included essential advances for the profession: strengthened journalists' rights, a guaranteed minimum salary (1,400 dinars/US$508) and formalised bonuses, regulated weekly working hours (40 hours per week), regulated paid holidays (between 30 and 40 days) and generalised social security coverage for all journalists. Until the government officially publishes the collective agreement, journalists are deprived of their collective rights.

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