Georgia: 350 Dismissed from Azot enterprise holds protest rallies

The 350 dismissed employees of enterprise Azot in Rustavi claim they have been fired without explanation. They are holding protest rallies in Tbilisi along with metallurgy, mining and chemical industry workers, Trade Union members and the representatives of the students’ movement Green Fist.

The employees say that they were dismissed on January 25 and claim that the enterprise plans to make a total of 700 redundant. According to the protesters, the Bank of Georgia has bought shares of Rustavi Azot and refused to prolong contracts with the workers.

“They had no motive for our dismissal. When we went to work on January 25, our permits were annulled and we were told that our services were no longer required,” former employee of Azot, Mamia Shamugia, said.

Tamaz Dolaberidze, Head of the Trade Union, says that the protest will continue until the released employees are returned to work.

The protesters are also going to file a lawsuit to protect their rights.

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