About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
EU: Georgia Lacks Progress on Labor Safety
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 16 Apr.'18 / 14:28

The European Union is “fully aware” of the situation in terms of the labor safety in Georgia and is “concerned by the lack of progress in establishing an effective system for the supervision of working conditions, the employment relationship and the enforcement of labor rights and standards,” Johannes Hahn, the EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, wrote in his letter on April 11. 

The letter, signed by Commissioner Hahn also on behalf of Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, and Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, was submitted in response to the February 13 appeal of six Georgian civil society organizations (CSOs), in which they laid out their concerns over the then ongoing parliamentary deliberations on labor safety regulations.

The CSOs wrote then that the draft law, introduced by the Government in June 2017 and adopted by the Parliament on March 7, was “weak” in terms of its enforcement component, and failed to demonstrate “the will of the government to effectively protect employees at the workplace.” 

Commissioner Johannes Hahn replied in the letter that the current practice in Georgia as well as the law on Labor Safety were not “fully in line with Georgia’s commitment to approximate its legislation to EU health and safety at work and labor protection, which generally provides for sanctions to be effective, proportionate and dissuasive and to have a real and deterrent effect on employers.”

“The lack of an effective system for enforcement of labor rights and standards could result in a breach of commitments taken by Georgia under its Association Agreement (including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area) with the European Union to effectively implement the core labor standards embodied in the ILO fundamental conventions in Georgian law and practice,” reads the letter.

The Enlargement Commissioner also pledged to follow the developments “closely,” and “to continue to insist that the scope of the legislation provides for effective protection for all workers with supervision and sanctioning powers, in line with international standards, along with the establishment of a proper labor inspection system.”

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
15