On February 25, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced the appointment of new heads to Ministries of Religous Affairs, Public Service, and Commerce. The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) lost not a minute in denouncing what it called a politically-driven and unilateral decision to replace Abid Briki, former UGTT Under Secretary General, with Khalil Ghariani, head of social affairs for the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), as Minister of Public Service. According to a statement published on February 26, the UGTT called the move a deliberate provocation, and made in the interest of unblocking the second installment of a $2.9 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The conflict, which culminated in Ghariani’s refusal to accept the nomination and the subsequent suspension of the Ministry of Public Service on March 2, is the most recent flare-up in the tenuous relationship between the current government and country’s largest workers union.