Around 40 workers reconstructing an 8.5 km section of road between Batumi and Akhaltsikhe went on strike on 3 May, after not receiving any payment for three months of work. They resumed work on Monday after being promised that they will be paid on 17 May, but they warn that the strike will continue if the company does not pay them on the promised day. [Read more…]
Women in Georgia very often lack a voice of their own. Their opinions, feelings, dreams, aspirations, and achievements can be conveyed by others, often the men around them. The Women in Georgia project gives a voice to these women, allowing them to tell their own stories — in their own words. The project collected 150 distinct stories from women throughout the country. OC Media brings you a selection of these stories, translated into English and Russian. Below, in her own words, Madona Naroushvili. [Read more…]
Young people from Kabardino-Balkaria have increasingly been leaving in droves. They move in search of better salaries and living conditions. In their place, more and more foreign labour migrants are arriving, but not all of them are welcomed with open arms.
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…]
Brick factories across Daghestan make use of illegal slave labour despite attempts by activists to stop them. Local authorities are either unwilling or unable to stand up to the traffickers and their criminal bosses. We spoke to activist Zakir Ismailov about the problem. [Read more…]
A 63-year-old construction worker has died in hospital shortly after falling from a construction site in Batumi on 22 March. An investigation is ongoing for violations of health and safety rules during the construction. [Read more…]
Since the beginning of March, a major subbotnik (voluntary unpaid work) has been taking place in Grozny, aimed at cleaning up the city’s streets and roads. Employees of virtually all official institutions participated, with many of them admitting unofficially that the work is compulsory.
A worker died at a construction site in Tbilisi’s Vake district on 15 March. Police confirmed to OC Media that an investigation is ongoing for violations of health and safety rules during the construction. [Read more…]