Esther Lynch, the secretary general of the European Confederation of Unions, has 24 hours to leave Tunisia after “remarks which constitute a blatant interference in the internal affairs of Tunisia”, according to the presidency.
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The Tunisian President, Kaïs Saïed, ordered Esther Lynch’s expulsion on Saturday, February 18, the secretary general of the European Union Confederation, for declarations qualified by Tunis as “blatant interference”.
M Me Lynch, the highest placed European Union union manager, “took part in a demonstration organized by the Tunisian General Union of Labor (UGTT) and held Interview which constitute a blatant interference in the internal affairs of Tunisia “, according to a press release from the Tunisian presidency. The authorities give her twenty-four hours to leave Tunisia, where she is now considered “persona non grata”, according to the same source.
earlier in the day, the European union official actually took part in a demonstration that brought together thousands of trade unionists in the city of Sfax (Center-East), at the call of the powerful UGTT union center. Coming to bring “solidarity on the part of 45 million workers in Europe”, M lynch addressed the crowd united in this historic bastion of Tunisian unionism. “We tell governments: do not touch our unions, free our leaders,” she said.
The Tunisian government must “sit and negotiate with the UGTT to find a solution” to improve the current political and economic situation, she added. UGTT spokesperson Sami Tahri told private Mosaic FM radio that the statements of M me Lynch were a “defense of the right to unionize and not an interference in business from Tunisia “. “We condemn [his expulsion], which does not bring any honor to Tunisia,” he added.