The Hercules is trying to convince investors that there are no problems at the plant
Kutaisi metallurgical plant "Hercules" is beginning to recover its image in eyes of foreign investors. As reported by "Georgia Business", this process has been launched after a noisy stories related to strikes and arrests of workers of the enterprise. Government has already started negotiations with the investor company, which must be sure that the work of plant personnel is industrious.
As technical director of the company Robert Tomaradze explained in an interview, the factory management spoke with the protesters, and about 90 of them have already returned to their jobs.
However, according to Tomaradze, after the protest there appeared information that investor intends to refrain from building a new plant in Sakartvelo. However, according to plant's management, current actions should not affect future construction.
Recall, the action of workers of the plant Hercules, started on September 13 this year, and attended by a hundred people and dispersed by the authorities on September 15. Prior to that plant workers were on strike for three days, demanding better working conditions and reinstatement of 17 counterparts laid-off earlier. Parallel to the strike, four people were on hunger strike for two days.
After that, Georgian opposition public appealed to international community to pay attention to the situation that has developed around Kutaisi metallurgical plant Hercules and its employees. In particular, representatives of the oppositional "Free Georgia" appeal to diplomats accredited in Georgia.
According to "Free Georgia", authorities started dispersal of rally even despite the fact that its members began to disperse themselves after a warning. "The workers immediately began to diverge, but, despite this, the riot police started overclocking and detain of activists. Also, those people who during the crackdown was not in stock, have been detained" - said in a statement.
The opposition also noted that after all events 30 plant workers were laid off, and the very night of rally 40 activists were detained. A few hours later they were released, but they were forced to sign a statement about returning to work, as well as the rejection of their claims.