ITUC calls on affiliates to campaign on trade union rights in Georgia

The ITUC global trade union confederation is calling on affiliates to support its campaign to highlight the abuse of trade union rights in Georgia. The circular issued on 29 June asks affiliates to: - raise awareness about workers’ rights in Georgia by sending out information produced by the ITUC and the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) information about the situation in the country; and - communicate the ITUC position to national governments and members of the EU Parliament and Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly national delegations. In particular, the ITUC urges unions from EU member states to liaise with their governments about the lack of compliance of Georgian legislation and practice with the ILO core Conventions and hence with the condition for granting EU preferential trade status (GSP+) to the country, and to press for the EU Commission to launch an investigation formally in the shortest possible time. [Read the ITUC/ETUC letter to the European Commission at > EPSU->http://www.epsu.org/a/7705] {{{ITUC circular}}} {{{European Commission working paper}}} The ITUC has circulated a European Commission report that includes references to infringements of trade union rights. {{{AFL-CIO report}}} The AFL-CIO trade union confederation in the USA has also compiled evidence about the situation in Georgian in order to challenge the trade preferences granted by the US government.

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