A nationwide fuel transportation strike was held today, May 3rd and will continue on May 4th and May 5th, 2019. The strike is excepted to affect the 24 Tunisian provinces and is likely to result in fuel shortages in service stations across the country over the three days. As motorists rush to fill up their tanks before Friday, May 3rd there is an increasing urgency regarding the potential shortage of fuel. Associated demonstrations and transportation disruptions remain possible in Tunis and other Tunisian cities amid a heightened security presence especially if the strike goes ahead.
The strike was announced following the non-implementation of past agreements related to wage increase signed by the Federation of transport and the Tunisian Union of Industry Commerce and Handicrafts (UTICA), to which it belongs. Fuel workers are demanding a wage rise of about 300 dinars ($100) a month.
Individuals present in Tunisia are advised to monitor the situation, fill up vehicles whenever fuel is available, ensure sufficient fuel reserves before long journeys, and expect longer waiting times at gas stations. Avoid all related protests and demonstrations.