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…]
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…]
Although official figures show low levels of emigration, many young students and specialists from Azerbaijan appear to be moving abroad for work. This has led many in the country to begin to question: is there a new brain drain in Azerbaijan?
‘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…]
At over 2,000 metres above sea level, in the last village before the northern mountain pass from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh, life in Sotk can be arduous. The village, which until 30 years ago was inhabited by Azerbaijanis, is now home to Armenians who fled their homes in Azerbaijan, though most of these have also moved on to greener pastures.
A week after two construction workers died in Batumi, their colleagues claimed they were denied entrance to the construction site. The workers claim that they were told they were fired. After protests, the private Metro City company denied it and promised them they could continue working. [Read more…]