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…]
On 13 March, three Azerbaijani citizens were detained in an inspection conducted by Daghestan’s Prosecutor’s Office in the central Daghestani town of Buynaksk. The inspection is a part of the authorities’ continuing crackdown on illegal workers.
Giorgi Tomadze, a fourth year student at Tbilisi State University, has just been conscripted by the Ministry of Corrections. He finds the idea of military service honourable, but only in theory. In practice, he is not looking forward to working ‘as a prison guard for a whole year with only a 10-day training course during which he will fire six bullets’ — enough to ‘qualify’ him as a marksman and a warden.
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…]