Multicoloured mattresses are strewn in front of the entrance to the offices of Tunisia’s state phosphate treatment company in Gabès.
Those seeking work have erected tents and parked their scooters in front of all entrances to offices in the port town’s industrial zone. “We have no more options — we’ve had agreement after agreement and then nothing happens,” said Radhouann Hajej, 30, a university graduate who has been unemployed for almost as long as Tunisia has been a democracy.
Even if workers could get into the office and factories, there would be nothing to do. A hundred miles away in Gafsa, protesters have blocked the phosphate mines.
Tunisia has been rocked by protests, strikes and sit-ins that are taking place in almost every part of