Planned Tunisia airport strike is off


Tunisian airport employees called off a strike slated to take place this week after a deal was reached with government to improve work conditions, their union said, averting a threatened disruption of tourist traffic.

Government met most of the aviation sector’s demands, the union in charge of airport workers said in a statement. It gave no further details but added the peak tourist and Muslim pilgrimage season were further reasons for calling off the strike, announced hours earlier.

Tunisia is in the middle of an austerity programme agreed with foreign donors such as the International Monetary Fund. Government officials rejected union demands for pay rises in a bloated public service which the IMF wants to trim.

The country’s tourism sector has recovered since two Islamist militant attacks in 2015 killed dozens of foreigners.

About three million tourists visited Tunisia from January 1 through to June 30, up 26% from the same period last year, according to official figures.