Tunisia govt reaches deal with union to raise wages of 670,000 public employees-sources

Tunisian teachers protest for better work conditions and higher wages, near the prime minister’s office in Tunis, Tunisia February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi *** Local Caption ***

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s government reached a deal with the powerful UGTT union to raise wages of 670,000 public employees, three sources close to negotiations told Reuters on Thursday.

The deal comes after months of tension between the government and the union. Last month rail, bus and air traffic was stopped in Tunisia and street protests drew thousands as the huge UGTT union staged a one-day nationwide strike.

Reporting By Tarek Amara

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