Tunisian General Labour Union

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Full name Tunisian General Labour Union
Native name Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail
Founded January 20, 1946
Members 517,000
Affiliation ITUC; Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC)
Key people Hassine Abassi, secretary general
Office location Tunis, Tunisia
Country Tunisia
Website www.ugtt.org.tn

The Tunisian General Labour Union (French: Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail, UGTT) is a national trade union center in Tunisia. It has a membership of 517,000[1] and was founded January 20, 1946.

The UGTT is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions.

The UGTT worked together with the Tunisian Human Rights League, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers – collectively labelled the National Dialogue Quartet – to address the national discord following the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The National Dialogue Quartet was announced as the laureate of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia".[2]

Tunisian intellectual and Professor of Arabic Literature at Oxford University, Dr. Mohamed-Salah Omri, recently discussed the role of the UGTT throughout the Jasmine Revolution and transition period in a recent journal publication titled, "No Ordinary Union: The Role of the UGTT in the Tunisian path to revolution and transition" (Workers of the World, Volume I, Number 7, November 2015).[3] Omri has also written extensively on the "Confluency (Tarafud) between trade unionism, culutre and revolution in Tunisia" in his book by the same title.[4]

Chairman (secretaries-general)[edit]

Seat of UGTT in Tunis


  1. ^ International Trade Union Confederation, "List of Affiliated Organisations" PDF (6th General Council, 21 June 2010, Vancouver) : http://www.ituc-csi.org/+-about-us-+.html, Retrieved 21-01-2011.
  2. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 2015". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  3. ^ "No Ordinary Union: The role of UGTT in the Tunisian path to revolution and transition". www.academia.edu. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  4. ^ Omri, Mohamed-Salah. "Confluency (tarafud) between trade unionism, culture and revolution in Tunisia". 
  • ICTUR et al.,, ed. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7. 

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