Reinstate the Georgian ambulance workers! Stop the attacks on trade unionists!

EPSU solidarity with Georgian Ambulance workers

(13 October 2023) Earlier this year, 63 ambulance workers were sacked by the Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Centre of Georgia as a response to their involvement in the HSMCTU health workers' pay campaign.

The members of the Health, Pharmaceutical and Social Care Workers' Independent Trade Union of Georgia (HSMCTU) have been dismissed on the grounds that they failed to pass the examination for ambulance doctors, but the real reason was a protest they joined for a pay rise.

EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan sent a solidarity letter to the union, saying, “It is inconceivable the workers, with 10-20 years’ experience, should all fail the examination, and they have clearly been targeted for their involvement in the HSMCTU pay campaign”.

EPSU is sending a letter of protest to the employer and the Ministers of the Economy and Labour, mentioning the lack of transparency on these exams, and calling on them to reinstate all 63 workers. We also submitted a statement to the PSI Congress and will launch an international solidarity campaign on LabourStart.