Trade union federation announces endorsement of candidacy by President Ben Ali

31 August 2004-- At the end of a meeting held August 31, 2004, The General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) announced its endorsement of the candidacy of President Zine El Abidine for a new term in office.

The trade unions endorsement came after the national administrative commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers met to discuss the issue. "The administrative commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers has decided, after a free and democratic discussion, to endorse your candidacy to the next presidential term and to call upon trade-unionists and workers to vote for you in implementation of this decision," wrote Mr Abdessalem Jerad, secretary General of the workers union in a message to President Ben Ali.

"The decision by the administrative commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers,” he added, “is only natural considering what the trade-unionists have received from you in term of your support for the independence of the General Union of Tunisian Workers, your standing by the workers and being attentive to their concerns and aspirations, your continued promotion of social dialogue and consolidation of mutual-help and national solidarity."

"This decision constitutes also a recognition of the successes achieved by our country under your wise leadership in the various fields in a manner that has ensured the stability of our society and safeguarded the purchasing power of the workers, improved the living conditions of citizens and consolidated the achievements of Tunisian women." Full texte

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