From Tunisia to Tolpuddle

Tunisia’s revolution earlier this year sparked off uprisings that continue to reverberate across the Arab world. Malika Achour from the Tunisian union movement told festival goers at Tolpuddle exactly how it all began.

The tiny Dorset village of Tolpuddle might seem a million miles away from revolutionary upheaval in North Africa, but as the spark that led to hard won rights for working people in Britain, it resonates strongly with events in Tunisia in January this year.

Malika Achour from the Tunisian teaching union was a special guest at this year’s Tolpuddle Martyr’s festival to explain their own Tolpuddle moment. Sheltering from Dorset’s soggy weather, I caught up with her on Saturday morning in the festival’s coffee tent.

Malika is a member of the Tunisian teaching union and a representative of its youth committee in the Ben Arous region. Her union is affiliated to the Union Generale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT), effectively the Tunisian TUC.  for more information please click here: http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-19861-f0.cfm