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Strikers Have Struck

2010-04-26 18:20

5893.jpegThe Manganese Georgia managers did not let the Zestafon Region Ferroalloy Plant workers stay out for two weeks. They promised to consider the trade unions' requirements, and the miners went underground again. The same deathful work that is paid as little as before is awaiting them. They agreed to wait for two more weeks.

The largest Georgian exporter, Zestafon Ferroalloy Plant, has returned to work today after a three-day downtime. The workers and the Ukrainian owner, Manganese Georgia, have concluded a temporary truce. The strike of several dozens of people and the hunger strike of 15 miners have been ceased.


With the participation of trade unions the parties decided to create a joint committee that will consider the requirements of the strikers. If these requirements are not met within two weeks, the plant workers are threatening to resume the protest action.

The Georgian miners are asking to increase their wages 1.5 times, to cancel fixed-term labour contracts, to introduce overtime payments for night-time work and to observe the safety rules. Injury cases have become more frequent at the enterprises, which is no wonder as the owners save money both on special clothes and on lanterns.

According to various data sources, from five hundred to five thousand people supported the strikers' requirements. They are not only the employees of the ferroalloy plant but those of the neighbouring Chiaturmarganets also owned by Manganese Georgia.

The ownership history of these two aces of the Georgian industry is quite complicated. When in 2008 the Chiaturmarganets workers demanded the payment of the wage arrears, and in 2009 NPO on behalf of the local residents came out for compensating the damage to their health, it was impossible to find the enterprise owners.

The opposition supposes that Saakashvili's people are behind the fictitious foreign investors. Thus, the "Disclosure Museum" projecr author Temur Shashiashvili states that Georgian manganese is fully controlled by the President's friend Gela Bezhuashvili and his uncle Temur Alasania.

During his January press conference Shashiashvili said that all the documentation on the privatization of the Zestafon Ferroalloy Plant, Vartsikhe Hydroelectric Power Plant and Chiaturmarganets is highly confidential, reports «Business Georgia».

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