Month-long strike at Ksani factory ends as solution reached

    by | Mar 5, 2016


    TBILISI, DFWatch–A strike at a glass factory in Ksani near Tbilisi has ended after 29 days.

    Workers demanded increased salaries, collective contract and office space for the local trade union. They achieved a 7.5 percent pay raise and from January 1, 2017 will get collective agreement.

    Negotiations over a collective agreement will begin in April.

    About 160 workers participated in the strike, 80 percent of the factory workers. They will be compensated for the time they were on strike, which was half the days it lasted.

    The company also agreed to allocate a room for the trade union.

    The last round of negotiations lasted over seven hours and was attended by the member of parliament for Mtskheta, the trade unions, company management and the strike committee.

    The strike began on February 5, with workers demanding a 30 percent increase in salaries, but in the end workers said the company wouldn’t provide that high an increase and they agreed on the proposed amount.


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