ATUC— The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet that comprized four Tunisian civil society organization including the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail).
Other members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet that was formed in 2013 are the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA, Union Tunisienne de lIndustrie, du Commerce et de lArtisanat), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de lHomme), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie).
The committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011, according to a statement issued by the committee.
It added that the Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief.
The Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) was one of the supporters for the UGTT, that is one of its affiliates, and sent many letters addressing authorized body to nominate UGTT for this award.