UGTA Secretary General tipped for new mandate at head of Algerian General Workers' Union
The 11th UGTA Congress opened Saturday, March 29 at the conference hall of the Aurassi hotel on the heights of Algiers under the theme 'stability, solidarity, modernity'.
Owing to a lack of serious contenders, the current UGTA Secretary General Sidi Said is widely expected to be re-elected for a new 5-year mandate at the head of the union during a vote to be held at the outcome of the proceedings of the 11th Congress.
In a report outlining the overall assessment of 6 years of activities, the UGTA leadership argues that a lot of achievements have been fulfilled on the social front notably regarding salaries, retirement benefits and social stability in Algeria .
However, well-informed sources speak of a certain outcry among grassroots trade unionists who have voiced their bitter discontent at the policy-line followed by the current UGTA leadership.
These disgruntled unionists, who denounce a certain â€œmarginalisationâ€Â, are demanding to have a say in the nomination of the future secretary general and in the strategy to be implemented by the workers’ trade union on the social and economic fronts in the next few years.