Dozens of railway construction workers have gone on strike in central Georgia demanding better labour conditions. According to the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC), they are protesting ‘severe violations’ of the labour code, and an unsafe work environment. [Read more…]
The Labour Inspection Department under Georgia’s Ministry of Health and Labour will now be able to examine state institutions and private companies for violations of labour rights. However, the department is still unable to inspect workplaces without prior consent from employers, and recommendations issued following an inspection are not legally binding. [Read more…]
From 2007 to January 2017, 437 people died and 716 were injured at work in Georgia. A lack of safe workplaces is one of the greatest challenges facing workers in Georgia, and one the authorities are failing to rise to. [Read more…]
With 24-hour shifts, collective responsibility, and heavy surveillance, employees of Georgian supermarkets complain of being exploited. While supermarket owners justify the hard working conditions with a need to improve customer service, trade unions say the problem lies in a lack of regulations. [Read more…]
A new Labour Code came into force in Abkhazia in January 2017, which on paper, significantly expands the rights of workers. But the law has limitations, and not all workers know their rights.
With murky boundaries between the authorities and big supermarket chains in Armenia, their government linked owners enjoy a degree of impunity. This has and does lead to fear, intimidation, and exploitation of workers, and even voter fraud. [Read more…]
A miner died in a coal shaft in the central Georgian mining town of Tkibuli on 27 October. The shaft collapsed again the following day during an inspection by the Ministry of Labour. [Read more…]
‘I was planning to go abroad to work for some time, but something always held me back. I didn’t want to leave my children and I always hoped I’d find a job in Georgia that would make me more financially stable. However, extreme hardship forced me in the end to go to Cyprus as a labour migrant.’ [Read more…]