• Short Summary

    Increasing concern over the fate of Tunisian trade union leaders -- imprisoned after riots followed a general strike on January 26th -- has prompted a European trade union delegation to visit Tunisia seeking their release.

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    Increasing concern over the fate of Tunisian trade union leaders -- imprisoned after riots followed a general strike on January 26th -- has prompted a European trade union delegation to visit Tunisia seeking their release.

    SYNOPSIS: More than seventy people were arrested in riots which followed last month's general strike. The incident was described as the worst violence to be seen in Tunisia since independence from France 22 years ago. Among those arrested, were several trade union leaders. The European delegation paid a visit to the Tunisian Prime Minister, Hedi Nouira, on Tuesday (21 February).

    They had arrived in Tunisia the previous evening, and before meeting Mr. Hedi Nouari, had seen relatives of Mr. Habib Achour, the former Secretary General of the General Union of Tunisian Workers. Mr. Achour -- one of the trade union officials to be detained after the rioting -- has not been heard of for ten days, and there is growing concern for his welfare. The aim of the delegation -- sent by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) -- was to express this concern and demand the release of Mr. Achour and all other detained unionists. The delegations told Mr. Nouira that Mr. Achour -- a vice-president of the ICFTU -- had acted with their full support in calling the general strike. They also stressed that by his action, Mr. Achour was exercising the right upheld by the confederation for its member unions in more than 80 countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAX8M3CWRF1V497GVZFHA6400B
    Media URN:
    VLVAX8M3CWRF1V497GVZFHA6400B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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