Published 2nd May, 2012
The Workers Party or PT was founded in 1989 as a successor to the illegal Trotskyist Social Workers Organisation (OST). It describes itself as far-left and believes in Trotskyism. The party advocates the protection and promotion of trade union movements in Algeria.
The party was established and is led by the secular leaning Louisa Hanoune. Hanoune stood in the 1999 and 2004 presidential elections gaining around 1% of the vote.
The Workers’ Party won four seats in the 1997 general election. In 2002, on the back of an impressive parliamentary performance the party increased its representation to 21 seats and in 2007 to 26 seats in the 389 seat People’s National Assembly.
The Worker’s Party is a member of the International Liaison Committee of Workers and Peoples (EIT).