Georgian Trade Unions Confederation
GTUC is deeply concerned about the terrorist attack in the Turkey

GTUC is deeply concerned about the terrorist attack in the Turkey

The Georgian Trade Unions Confederation is deeply concerned about the terrorist attack in the centre of Ankara, Turkey. We are deeply stunned by the tragedy in the Kizilay district and offer our condolences to the Turkish people and all Turkish citizens. We condemn terrorism in all its means! All felons...
Strike in Tkibuli ended!

Strike in Tkibuli ended!

Strike in Tkibuli ended! Working process will resume from tomorrow morning, tense negotiation process lasted for six hours between the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation, administration of the ‘Saknakhshiri GIG’ and business ombudsman. Negotiations ended with a concrete result. Most of the obligations imposed by the agreement that was signed in...
Strikers in Ksani – will not  give up!

Strikers in Ksani – will not give up!

Twenty-five days of strike. Up to 40 workers of the JSC “Mina” in Ksani continue to stand in front of the company building. Part of them sits in the cars; some of them shelter in the opened tents. The rest of them are gathered near the fire alighted with brushwood....
Presentation of the annual activities report by the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation

Presentation of the annual activities report by the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation

The Georgian Trade Unions Confederation presented annual activities report to the Georgian media, government, governmental and non-governmental organisations at “Holiday Inn”. Irakli Petriashvili addressed to the public as a PERC president for the first time. He said that Georgian labour legislation remains a challenge to Georgia, as it does not...
The 3rd PERC General Assembly adopts new programme and elects new leadership team

The 3rd PERC General Assembly adopts new programme and elects new leadership team

15 декабря 2015: The PERC General Assembly took place on 15 December 2015 in Brussels. More than one hundred twenty participants from all around Europe took part in the meeting. It was opened by a minute of silence to commemorate victims of terrorist attacks in Europe, in particular those in...
Social Catastrophe in Kazreti: The company RMG against society’s interest

Social Catastrophe in Kazreti: The company RMG against society’s interest

During the last year and a half, the gold and copper factory owned by the company RMG in the borough of Kazreti has gotten society’s attention more than a couple of times, whether it be the large strike of 2014 or the blowing up of the ancient mine and attainment...
Global Wage Forum confirms living wage as core human right

Global Wage Forum confirms living wage as core human right

On the first day of the Living Wage Forum in Brussels, bringing together workers, labour leaders, academics and members of the CCC global Network, the right to a living wage was confirmed as a human right. At the forum, organised by Clean Clothes Campaign and held between 12 and 14...
Memorandum of cooperation was signed between the GTUC and Tbilisi City Council

Memorandum of cooperation was signed between the GTUC and Tbilisi City Council

Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of Tbilisi City Council and the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation signed a memorandum of cooperation.   According the signed document, counterparties undertake to promote labour relations, human rights, labour legislation and social dialogue culture under the international norms. The GTUC and Tbilisi city Council...
Flooding in Tbilisi

Flooding in Tbilisi

At least 12 people died and several are missing as a result of flooding in Tbilisi overnight on Sunday. Heavy rainfall, which started before midnight, turned normally small stream, Vere, which runs in the Tbilisi centre across Vake and Saburtalo districts, into a raging river. Youth GTUC members are volunteering and...
Georgian Trade Unions has won trial against "Sinohydro"

Georgian Trade Unions has won trial against “Sinohydro”

4 workers of “Sinohydro” will be restored at their workplace and will be paid compensation. Representative of the Adjara Trade Unions was present as claimant side at the Batumi city court on May 22, 2015.  The dispute between the Trade Union and employers conducted since 2011. On May 1, 2011,...
President of Austria will meet the president of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation

President of Austria will meet the president of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation

President of Austria Heinz Fischer is coming to Tbilisi today. An official welcoming ceremony for the Austrian President and First Lady will take place at GiorgiMargvelashvili’s presidential residence in Avlabari, Tbilisi. Irakli Petriashvili, Chairman of the Georgian Trade Unions will also attend the welcoming ceremony. Notably, President Fischer will hold...
1 May, impressive and exciting!

1 May, impressive and exciting!

Georgian Trade Unions organised traditional rally in front of the parliament to mark the workers international solidarity day on 1 May. Trade Unions demanded the restoration of labour inspection and safe work environment for a long time. By the statistics of the Union 314 people died and 562 people were...
Trade Unions rally and a meeting with US Ambassador

Trade Unions rally and a meeting with US Ambassador

Ambassador Norland met today with the President of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC), Irakli Petriashvili to discuss labour conditions in Georgia, as well as Georgia’s efforts toward meeting its international labour commitments. President of the Trade Unions reviewed the statistics of workplace accidents and injuries with the ambassador. In...
The Man behind the Union

The Man behind the Union

Irakli Petriashvili, 45, is the firebrand president of the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC), which he has led since 2005. His union activism was forged while working for the struggling electricity distributor Telasi in the late 1990s. A strident critic of the Georgian government’s policy on labour legislation and trade...
International Trade Union Confederation May Day Statement, 2015

International Trade Union Confederation May Day Statement, 2015

THE WORLD NEEDS A NEW BUSINESS MODEL The world’s GDP has trebled since 1980, yet inequality is at historic levels. The neglected, too often hidden workforces of the richest companies in the world, have no job security and work long hours for poverty wages, very often in unsafe environments or...
Government has not made any concrete steps in direction of the Labour inspection

Government has not made any concrete steps in direction of the Labour inspection

Minister of Labour Health and Social Affairs of Georgia Mr. Davit Sergeenko announced, that labour inspection has been created about a month ago and retraining’s for the relevant specialists and inspectors are expected in the next few days. According to Mr.Sergeenko, penalty functions maystart this year. He also mentioned about...
Irakli Petriashvili:  In order to ensure that the labour inspection functions properly, it is necessary to have tripartite control over it

Irakli Petriashvili: In order to ensure that the labour inspection functions properly, it is necessary to have tripartite control over it

Over the last six years, as a result of workplace accidents 300 people died and 500 seriously injured in Georgia-based enterprises. With a view to improve the work safety, last month the government has adopted the working conditions monitoring program  under which at the initial stage, an enterprise will be...
Employees of Transport Company demand the irbonuses

Employees of Transport Company demand the irbonuses

Staff of the Tbilisi Transport company, including yellow bus driversandsubwayoperators might announce strikeon April 14.Disbursement of the bonuses from Tbilisi municipality is the main reason for that. Almost all companies and its employees under the Tbilisi Municipality has received 80% of their salaries as an Easter bonuses, however Tbilisi Transport...
Exploitation and safety norm issues was revealed in “Georgian Manganese”

Exploitation and safety norm issues was revealed in “Georgian Manganese”

Health and life threat caused dissatisfaction of workers in accordance with the current situation in the enterprise. ” Upon request of the Georgian Trade Unions, inspectorsexamined thetechnical and legalsituation in “Georgian Manganese. In February 11, Trade Unions requested information from the “Technical and Construction Inspection Agency”, conferring with a letter...
Trade Union Protest: Railway administrationleft workers without corporateinsurance!

Trade Union Protest: Railway administrationleft workers without corporateinsurance!

According to the Railway Trade Unions information, 13 000 railway workers are left without corporate insurance. On April 1, contract between the JSC “Georgian Railway” and the insurance company “Irao” has expired, Insurance Company applied for the new tender, but the tender has failed. Statement made by the railway Trade...
Education against unemployment!

Education against unemployment!

Research shows, that unemployment in recent years is the main problem in Georgia. According to official statistics, 1.7 million people employedin Georgia, which includes self- employees and more than 1 hectare of agricultural landowners, regardless land cultivation benefits. In economically most active cities like Tbilisi, highest unemployment rate is –...
Good workplace practices can spot and resolve mental health issues, says TUC

Good workplace practices can spot and resolve mental health issues, says TUC

A new report published today (Monday) by the TUC, Good practice in workplacemental health, says workers have been experiencing a significant increase in stress, which in some cases has led to mental ill health, as a result of the impact of austerity on their work and home lives. Although there...
"Unendurable ecological conditions at work in Chiatura" says Gocha Alexandria

“Unendurable ecological conditions at work in Chiatura” says Gocha Alexandria

“Environmental problems in Chiatura” was reviewed during the discussion on human rights at home. Polluted air and water and an increasing number of oncology disease. Representatives of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation participated during the discussion. Mr. Gocha Alexandria, Deputy Chairman of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation reviewed the current...
Protest rally in front of the RMG Gold office

Protest rally in front of the RMG Gold office

Tbilisi State university students joined the trade union representatives and workers on a protest rally against RMG Gold to express their solidarity. Few days ago, 800 employees left the Trade Union. Students and Trade Union representatives believe, that employees were under a huge pressure from RMG Gold. One of the...
Solidarity Center Launches Georgia Worker Rights Project

Solidarity Center Launches Georgia Worker Rights Project

A new Solidarity Center project in Georgia to strengthen respect for worker rights through union, government and employer engagement will ensure the voice of workers is “a critical part of policymaking” so that “the benefits of economic growth are shared,” says Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau. The Georgian Minister...
pressure on TU in RMG GOLD and RMG COOPER Company

pressure on TU in RMG GOLD and RMG COOPER Company

Trade Union of Metallurgy, mining chemical industry workers of Georgia We’d like to notify that, a local trade union organization, which is under operation of RGM Company in a small town Kazreti is a member organization of Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia. As you...
The new railway railway union letter to the Director General, the Government and the diplomatic corps

The new railway railway union letter to the Director General, the Government and the diplomatic corps

To:Mr. MakukaBakhtadze, JSC “Georgian Railway” General Director – Copy to: Mr. Irakli Gharibashvili, PM, Social Partnership Tripartite Committee of Georgia, Chairman Mr. Irakli Kovzanadze, JSC “Partnership Fund”, Chairman Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Minister Mr. Giorgi Badashvili, General Prosecutor of Georgia Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili, Public Defender...
The largest employer in Georgia is the government

The largest employer in Georgia is the government

Statistics indicate that for every 100 contracted workers there are 150 self employed and 50 unemployed individuals. Furthermore, number of pensioners, stay at home housewives and children is exponentially higher than the workers who are formally employed. One of the biggest challenges of the nation is also the fact that...
Labor safety remains one of the main challenges to overcome for the nation

Labor safety remains one of the main challenges to overcome for the nation

Due to lack of labor safety mechanisms, occupational accidents increased during the last 3 years and 135 individuals suffered fatal results, while 587 were injured. The Association Agreement with the EU that was signed by Georgia demands “support of a system for workplace health and safety”. Ministry of Labor, Health...
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Coal miners in Tkibuli, returned to work

Coal miners in Tkibuli, returned to work

Coal miners in Tkibuli, who have been on strike for more than two weeks, returned to work on Tuesday after reaching an agreement with a coal mining company on gradual 10% pay rise. Tense negotiation process lasted for six hours between the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation, administration of the ‘Saknakhshiri GIG’ and business ombudsman. Negotiations...
Protest rally in solidarity of mineworkers in Chiatura

Protest rally in solidarity of mineworkers in Chiatura

On December the 23rd, a protest rally was organised against the office of the “Georgian Manganese”. Representatives of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Workers’ Trade Union in solidarity of mineworkers protested to demand decent working conditions from the company’s administration. Various branches of trade unions, young people, students and residents of Chiatura joined the protest rally....
Georgian Trade Unions discuss pension reform

Georgian Trade Unions discuss pension reform

  The Georgian Trade Unions Confederation organised a meeting on pension reforms at the GTUC conference hall. Representatives of the pension reform office, the non-governmental sector and international experts attended the meeting. GTUC welcomes the launch of the government’s pension reform, however, has its own opinions and offers an alternative model, which includes three-pillar system...
"Employed young people for potentially employed youth" – Youth GTUC organised a conference

“Employed young people for potentially employed youth” – Youth GTUC organised a conference

  On December the 4th, youth GTUC organised a closing conference at the GTUC conference hall. The topic of the conference was “Employed young people for potentially employed youth”. The conference started at 14:00 at the meeting hall of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation. Participants reviewed the work of the youth GTUC, its activities, priorities,...
Protest rally in solidarity for workers in JSC “Mina” Glass Manufacturing Factory

Protest rally in solidarity for workers in JSC “Mina” Glass Manufacturing Factory

“Tbilisi Solidarity Network” protest in solidarity for workers of JSC “Mina” in Ksani, the Glass manufacturing factory. Glass manufacturing factory workers demanded improvement of working conditions, as it was stated in their speech the company has all possibilities to improve working conditions. The local committee of trade unions in JSC “Mina” for a long time...
Sixth international conference on social dialogue in Georgia and labour standards

Sixth international conference on social dialogue in Georgia and labour standards

Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) organised sixth international conference on social dialogue in Georgia and labour standards at Holiday Inn Tbilisi. The meeting reviewed the following topics: Challenges and opportunities facing Georgia in the sphere of employment relationship, labour inspection, the current situation and future prospects. Also, freedom of education and social dialogue on enterprise and...
President of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation will run for ITUC PERC presidency

President of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation will run for ITUC PERC presidency

President of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation Mr. Irakli Petriashvili will run for presidency of the Pan-European Regional Council of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC PERC). ITUC PERC includes 89 national centres that are members of the International Trade Union Confederation. It is also open to cooperation with the Global Union Federations at the international...
Count us in Regional meeting and PERC women’s committee meeting, 5-6 November 2015, Brussels

Count us in Regional meeting and PERC women’s committee meeting, 5-6 November 2015, Brussels

9 ноября 2015: Today less than 15% of the 315 ITUC affiliates have a woman in the top two positions. While women’s trade union membership stands at 40% on average; and given that the ITUC Constitution aims at 30% women representation in decision making, it is time to act to secure more gender diversity in...
Zestafoni ferroalloy plant Incident

Zestafoni ferroalloy plant Incident

Incident happened in Zestafoni ferroalloy plant on October 28th, where melting masses dripped from second fourth and six steel furnace. All workers were informed in advance about the possible incident and were given special instructions. After the first problem workers left the area and no one was injured. The ferrous that we receive from Chiatura...
Trade Union General Meeting in glass-manufacturing factory in Ksani

Trade Union General Meeting in glass-manufacturing factory in Ksani

Around 80 employees attended a meeting that was organised by the Metallurgical, Mining, Chemical Industry Trade Unions at the glass-manufacturing factory in Ksani. Main topic of the agenda was the interim report of the current collective agreement that was sign with the administration. General meeting heard to the president of Metallurgical, Mining, Chemical Industry Trade...
Lavrenti Alania was elected again as a president of the Georgian Transport Trade Union

Lavrenti Alania was elected again as a president of the Georgian Transport Trade Union

Elections of the Georgian Transport Trade Union president was held on October 24th at Giga Lortkipanidze theater in Rustavi. Lavrenti Alania has won with a clear victory the presidency for the next four years. The Director General of Tbilisi Transport Company and other senior officials attended the event, as well as representatives of Rustavi City...
Georgia is hosting 8th Pan-European Regional Council Summer School in Tbilisi.

Georgia is hosting 8th Pan-European Regional Council Summer School in Tbilisi.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Pan-European Regional Council (PERC) Summer School will be held from 19-21October at Holiday Inn Tbilisi. Main topics for the discussion will be Perspectives for Trade Unions in Europe, changes in the labour market, the European context and the changing world of work and preparation for the General Assembly. Leaders...