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Violations of Employee Rights

Published: August 16, 2013 | 11:34 am
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How widespread is the problem of companies violating employee rights? According to the United Trade Unions, up to 10 workers at the metallurgical plant in Zestaponi, which is owned by the GMT Group, have been made redundant due to their trade unions membership. Verbal and physical attacks on employees by the management team had also taken place at the plant. The deputy head of the Trade Unions Gocha Aleksandria has told TV3 that the persecution of trade union members at privately owned companies is a widespread problem, and that violations of employee rights most frequently take place in the manufacturing sector. Employees are often forced into leaving the trade unions. According to Mr. Aleksandria, 28 employees were made redundant from the Hercules metallurgical plant in Kutaisi due to trade union membership. Similar circumstances have been observed at the Geo-Steel plant in Rustavi, and the Poti metallurgical plant. According to the trade unions, the government is responsible for holding the private sector accountable for any violations of employee rights, and has to bring the changes to the Labour Code into effect.
The United Trade Unions have already launched legal action in relation to the case at the Zestaponi plant, and have not ruled out industrial action to defend the rights of the employees.

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