When the workers established their union on August 4, the company immediately fired six of its elected representatives, provoking a warning strike by the workers on 2 September. The company then fired more of the workers, after which the workforce launched a full-scale strike with several members also going on hunger strike.
“Georgia’s state repression of freedom of association is getting even worse. This government is behaving like a totalitarian dictatorship, and this should not be tolerated by the international community,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.
For more information, see the protest letter to President Saakashvili
On Monday, 19 September, the court sentenced three of the striking workers to 10 days of arrest for disobedience to police. The ITUC is issuing a request to the ILO for urgent interference.