What Happened: A 24-hour public sector strike in Tunisia has resulted in major disruptions to the country's public schools, public transport, flights on Tunisia’s state-backed airline and most public services, Le Monde and local sources reported Jan. 17. The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) is organizing the strikes to demand wage increases.
Why It Matters: The strike highlights the significant power of the UGTT as Tunisia prepares for parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019. It also highlights the difficulties Tunis will encounter in enacting austerity measures suggested by the International Monetary Fund.
Background: The UGTT has almost 700,000 members, making it an influential stakeholder with a strong mandate within Tunisian politics.
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