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The country study Tunisia has been published. The document provides a picture of labour laws and labour conditions, as well as industrial relations within Tunisia’s garment industry.
Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has witnessed profound changes in its politics. One of the main fields of change is an increase of diverse NGOs. FWF has been investigating major areas of non-compliance in Tunisian textile/garment companies.
Low union participation
Tunisia is among the world’s leading suppliers of clothing. The industry mainly supplies trousers, jeans, work- and swimwear and T-shirts. Employing more than 250,000 individuals, the textile/garment industry is key to economic growth. 13 FWF member companies source from 50 different Tunisian factories.
The government works to uphold a high standard through labour laws, collective bargaining agreements, and by ratifying the main ILO conventions. In practice however, some labour standards are more of an issue in Tunisia than in other countries, like low union participation, low wages in comparison to increasing costs of living and unannounced overtime.
Companies can use the Tunisia Country Study as a guide: it provides general information, an overview of the garment industry and insight into the implementation of labour standards.
Read the Country Study Tunisia here.