Tunisia – Saïed: Retiree must be treated in such a way as to preserve his honor, dignity and promotion

During his meeting with Malek Ezzahi, Minister of Social Affairs, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Carthage Palace, President Kais Saied discussed various social issues. He clarified that many inherited systems have become obsolete, aggravated by corruption, injustice, and exclusion. He stressed that the current phase our country is going through requires fresh perspectives and new ideas aligned with contemporary political thinking.

President Saied also underscored the necessity for all state institutions to collaborate to guarantee that Tunisian citizens can lead dignified lives. He highlighted the significance of fundamental rights such as employment, healthcare, transportation, and education. Human rights and state policies, he asserted, should not be driven by mercenary and sectoral interests but should aim at the complete liberation of both the citizen and the nation.


The President of the Republic furthermore addressed the necessity for a new vision to support social funds by designing various methods that would permit them, not only to achieve their financial balances but also to accomplish the legitimate objectives for which they were created.

The Head of State also emphasised the need to speed up the development of new legislation that he had authorized to revise, such as those related to subcontracting and limited-term contracts that do not achieve the social stability sought after by every worker.

The President of the Republic talked of the need to accelerate the resolution of the situation of agricultural and construction site employees who have spent decades of their lives working and almost no one pays attention to them today. This is a blatant injustice that cannot continue, and anyone who reaches the age must be treated in a way that preserves their honour, dignity and promotion. For pension increases, this must be an automated process. Every time salaries are increased, the adjustment should happen automatically. The Head of State underscored that, just as workers have the right to a fair salary, retirees have the right to a fair pension.

The President of the Republic concluded that the prevailing crisis discourse sought to justify the inability to develop the legislation to which the Tunisian people aspire, it was rather a tool of governance and has today become a tool questioning state policy.

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