“Europe has strong social values, and it is deeply disappointing that in relation to Georgia, they are not standing up for those very values. We urge them to reconsider their refusal to extend support to the workers of Georgia, who are subjected to serious violations of fundamental rights at work,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.
“In Georgia, the government itself has sought to eliminate trade unions, sometimes by force, has promoted government-dominated unions and has prohibited the transfer of voluntary member dues in order to choke off the unions’ financial resources. Georgian courts have ignored obvious anti-union discrimination, instead reading the protections of the trade union law out of existence,” explained ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow. “The EU cannot allow this behaviour to continue to be rewarded.”
To see the ETUC’s statement on this issue: http://www.etuc.org/a/9288
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