A factory in Tunis making halwa. Main ingredients: sesame seeds imported from Sudan, and nougat from Tunisian-grown sugar beet. Libya and Algeria are big export markets for this company.
The manager said: “It’s difficult to get young people to come and work here, they always leave after a few days. They say, ‘I can’t be inside four walls all day long.’ “
He’s not the only factory manager reporting that since the Tunisian revolution it’s more difficult to get staff. Employees have become more assertive on all kinds of issues, with or without union involvement.