Tunisian political circles accused the Tunisian General Labor Union of bypassing its union role and playing a political role that intersects with the positions of the Brotherhood’s Ennahda movement aimed at embarrassing Tunisian President Kais Saied before domestic and international public opinion.
This is after the Labor Union announced the general strike in the city of Zarzis in the south of the country, against the background of the tragic sinking of an immigrant boat. It is not without political motives in relation to the union’s tireless pursuit.
The circles clarified that the Union, over the past months, has been keen to use the crises facing the country, to market that the existing political authority is unable to manage the situation in the country, warning that the escalatory approach adopted by the leadership of the labor organization, will only worsen the general situation, considering this as An undeclared alliance between the Brotherhood of Tunisia and the Labor Union.
The local labor union had called earlier for a general strike, after the state of congestion and protests in the city for days, union officials say that this strike aims to pressure the authorities to do everything in their power to reveal the fate of the missing quickly and hold those involved in the burial accountable. One of their children drowned without identifying them.
The Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Noureddine Tabboubi, took advantage of his presence at the union’s regular conference in the central Siliana governorate, to criticize the authority’s handling of the file of missing irregular migrants in Zarzis.
“Some want to change the course of events in front of public opinion,” Taboubi said on Tuesday. He added, “Although the people of Zarzis believe in destiny, the problem lies in the local authority, which has established a cemetery of strangers dedicated to strangers and burying the missing youth there.”
And he added, “Young people have been swallowed up by the sea in search of lost hope, and they no longer feel belonging to the homeland as a result of bickering, battles, political quarrels, extreme poverty and marginalization of several regions, in exchange for dogmatic slogans and illusions.”
Al-Taboubi’s statements seemed directed mainly at President Saied, who recently blamed what he called “land whales”, responsible for the escalation of illegal immigration.
Hold those involved
For his part, Tunisian President Kais Saied said, during a meeting with Prime Minister Najla Boden, that the authorities are making efforts to find the missing in this tragedy and are seeking to hold all those involved.
Saied asked Minister, Laila Jaffal, to open a judicial investigation into the immigration file, “so that the Tunisian know the whole truth, and for those who were behind these tragedies to bear the consequences of his breaches and negligence.”
Tunisian authorities are finding it difficult to intercept or rescue migrants due to lack of equipment. With the improvement of weather conditions in Tunisia, the pace of irregular migration attempts from the Tunisian and Libyan coasts towards Italy is increasing, sometimes ending in drowning incidents.
The latest official figures reveal that more than 22,500 migrants have been intercepted off the Tunisian coast since the beginning of this year, including about 11,000 from sub-Saharan African countries.