Human resource is Tunisia’s main asset and considerable investments are made every year to improve social and work conditions.

The labour code provides legal framework to protect workers right and to ensure good working conditions. Regional labour inspectors are responsible for enforcing standards. There are regular controls; minimum every two years; to make sure that these regulations are met.

The labour code provides a range of administratively determined minimum wages.  When supplemented by transportation and family allowances, the minimum wage covers essential costs for a worker and his family.

Tunisia's labour code sets a maximum standard 48-hour workweek for most sectors and requires one 24-hour rest period. For other sectors workweek is 40 hours.

The labour code sets rules with regard to employee age, safety and social guarantee. The aim of the code is to provide social peace, thanks to the strict respect of labour legislation and conciliation in case of collective and individual labour conflicts.

  • Child labour is strictly forbidden until the age of 15 years old. Following with regular control several times per year in every Tunisian registered company. Documents about workers’ age must be kept available at all times in the company.
  • If workers less than 18 years old are employed or in case of apprenticeship , the employer must pay attention to  give them tasks corresponding to their age, no heavy charges , work hours must be less than 50% of adults
  • For workers less than 18 years, the wage must not be less than 85% of the wage of an adult.
  • Forced Labour: the labour code prohibits any kind of forced work or debt bondage labour.
  • Health and Safety: employer must provide a safe and healthy work environment, a certificate must be delivered from the national or regional safety commission at the start of activity and every two years; employers must take appropriate measures to prevent injuries; companies must conduct regular health and safety worker training; all workers must have access to bathrooms and potable water.
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining: employer must respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; 
  • Discrimination: No discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union or political affiliation, or age are allowed ; no sexual harassment.
  • Discipline: No corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse is allowed
  • Voluntary overtime paid at a premium rate and not to exceed 12 hours per week on a regular basis; overtime may be mandatory if part of a collective bargaining agreement .
  • Every worker must be provided a contract and social security and must specify the wage, working hours and other bonuses and conditions.

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