A construction worker has died after falling from a construction site at Politkovskaia street in Tbilisi on 30 May. An investigation is ongoing for violations of health and safety rules during at the site. [Read more…]
Four miners died on 9 May after a lift collapsed in a coal shaft in Tkibuli, in central Georgia. Protests broke out in solidarity in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi following the news, with three activists arrested. [Read more…]
A locksmith died in a manganese factory in the industrial town of Chiatura, in western Georgia, on 11 April, after falling down from a ladder. An investigation has been opened for violations of health and safety rules. [Read more…]
Georgian supermarket chain Fresco has been accused by former and current employees of ‘secretly spying’ on them, after installing video cameras in women’s dressing rooms. [Read more…]
The high number of fatal occupational accidents in Georgia shows how dysfunctional labour inspection in the country is, as it fails to address alleged violations of safety rules on the labour market, non government organisations claim. While private companies rely on the ‘invisible hand’ and hope that the ‘market will regulate itself’, rights’ groups claim that workplace inspections need reform, which could help in preventing fatal accidents and improving workers’ conditions. [Read more…]
At the beginning of the month, the Georgian Public Broadcaster announced a plan to reorganise itself; the plan was consumer-oriented and would mean cuts in the broadcaster’s staff. Job cuts have also been announced in a number of other public sector institutions. On top of this, the government is displaying complete apathy towards ill-treatment and forceful dismissals of employees in the private sector.
Labour legislation in Georgia is not gender sensitive, and does not comply with international standards. It does not protect women from being discriminated against, whether in the pre-contract stage or within the workplace. [Read more…]