Despite a new labour safety bill, Georgia’s construction sites remain a deathtrap for workers. [Read more…]
A Rustavi 2 journalist and cameraman were attacked by employees of a railway construction company near Khashuri, in central Georgia on Wednesday. The news crew said employees confiscated their cameras, demanded they delete footage, and beat them.
Since the 1990s, thousands of Georgians have left home in search of opportunities abroad, pushed out by food poverty, debts, unemployment, or to escape violence in the family. Below are stories from three women who braved landmines, hidden containers, and frozen seas in search for a better future in Greece. [Read more…]
Lorry drivers in Georgia have continued to protest a new ban on importing wheat, multigrain, and corn overland after negotiations with the authorities reached a deadlock on Wednesday. The drivers have been blocking the entrance to the Revenue Service’s customs clearance zone in Tbilisi since Monday and have vowed further action if an agreement is not reached. [Read more…]
When confronted with unfair dismissal or other violations of their labour rights, people in Nagorno-Karabakh face an uphill battle through the courts to gain restitution. But for some, the judicial hoops or fears of being left unemployed are simply too much, and justice remains out of reach.
A small group of miners gathered on Tuesday in front of the Mindeli mine shaft in the central Georgian town of Tkibuli demanding the administration of the company that owns the mine step down but insisting that operations should continue. Four died and six more were injured in an explosion in the mine on Monday. [Read more…]
For many people with disabilities in Georgia, finding any job at all seems all but impossible. A lack of basic services or even formal schooling and widespread prejudice compounds the problem. The government is taking steps to help people with disabilities into work, but NGOs, who often have to fill the gap, argue that much more needs to be done. [Read more…]
With high levels unemployment, Armenians are especially vulnerable to exploitation from unscrupulous employers. Given a lack of legal protections, employers are free to discriminate against female applicants based on their age or how they look. For some women, the only answer they see is to undergo cosmetic procedures, to make them look younger in the hope of finding a job. [Read more…]
Tbilisi metro drivers who demand to have their salaries increased by 45% will be allowed to legally go on strike in a month, the Tbilisi City Court ruled on 2 May. The strike was originally planned for 3 May and was postponed after metro operator Tbilisi Transport Company appealed to the court. [Read more…]
A group of coal miners from Tkibuli have demanded that Saknakhshiri GIG, the company that owns the mines, temporarily shut down operations in order to improve safety conditions. [Read more…]