finance & economy

Trains carrying phosphate from Gafsa to Skhira in Sfax resume operations

September 27, 2020

(TAP) - Trains carrying phosphate from Metlaoui, Gafsa to Skhira plants in Sfax resumed operations on Thursday evening after three-month stoppage, the Ministry of Transport and Logistics announced Friday.

This resumption, after a three-week interruption in the supply of Skhira's factories, was decided at the end of a conciliation meeting Thursday.

The meeting was chaired by Minister of Transport and Logistics Moez Chakchouk and attended by Sami El-Gabi, Governor of Gafsa and Salah El-Salah, Deputy Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) and a team from the National Railway Company of Tunisia (SNCFT), led by its CEO, Chiheb Ben Ahmed, the Ministry said in a statement.

During this meeting, which was also attended by representatives of the social partners, the Minister of Transport stressed the need for SNCFT to 'play its vital role in helping boost the economy, by ensuring the transport of phosphates at a higher rate.'

'This would generate additional income for the company in this delicate situation,' he added.

He also insisted on the challenge of preserving a healthy social climate to improve the performance of the public company and meet the expectations of its employees in order to develop its services and ensure its sustainability.

The transport of phosphate by train had stopped because of social protests and professional demands.

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