The US may punish Georgia for non-compliance with trade union rights
According to assumption of a number of Western media, Georgia may lose certain trade preferences from the United States because of "negative signals" about violating the rights of trade unions by Saakashvili's government, "Georgia-News" reported.
This warning was made by the official the U.S. representative on trade negotiations, based on an analysis of the information provided by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
"How the government dare to ignore the basic rights of workers to freedom of association and collective bargaining and to safe working conditions and still count on a successful collaborative processes with the global community?", asked the head of the Trade Unions Confederation of Georgia Irakli Petriashvili.
At a recent working session, the General Secretary of ITUC Sheren Barrow said: "We will continue to support Georgia and the Confederation of Trade Unions and we won't hesitate to use all the international and European instruments to fight with anti-union policies of the government of Georgia."
Also, at the recent meeting of the Working Group "Information campaign in support of trade union rights" they also emphasized that "countries, where the rights of trade unions are flagrantly violated, can enter into an international blacklist of the European Union and the International Labour Organization (ILO)".