The regional branch of the Tunisian General Labor Union (Union Generale Tunisienne du Travail, UGTT) has called for a one-day strike in Kairouan Governorate Dec. 3, to protest a series of grievances, including increasing poverty, unemployment, and the deterioration of education and healthcare. The work stoppage is likely to affect the governorate's public sector but will likely exclude necessary facilities such as pharmacies.
While organizers have not made specific announcements of protest plans as part of the strike, associated demonstrations are possible at popular protest venues, including government buildings. Security forces will likely deploy to monitor protests if they materialize.
Strikes and labor-related protests are common throughout Tunisia. Labor unions frequently use strikes, or the threat of a strike, to pressure government officials into concessions; however, most strikes are quickly averted after last-minute negotiations.
Monitor local media or check with trusted local contacts for updates on any protests. Use caution near popular rally sites, as demonstrations may not be announced in advance. Allow extra time if traveling through affected areas, Dec. 3.
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