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Are your labour rights protected?

Wednesday, January 25
"I think my labour rights are violated, because my working hours usually begin at 10am and end at 6pm; however my boss asks me and my colleagues to stay at the office and finish assigned jobs. In this case, I think that my right is not protected because my boss does not pay me money for additional hours."
Giga, IT specialist, 28

"No, they are not [violated]. I love my job and I get a good salary. None of the articles of my contract are violated, so I am fine."
Nata, manager, 32

"I do not have a job and my rights are not protected as I want to find an appropriate place for work, but I can't find it. I have an education and work experience but I have an impression that employees pay attention to the age of job seekers and then education."
Nana, housewife, 49

"Definitely labour rights are not protected in Georgia. There is no any legislation of minimal month salary rate, and commercial companies use these circumstances of high unemployment rate in their favour and pay extremely low salaries.”
Irakli, Driver, 38

"It depends on the employer. International organizations protect labour rights. Governmental institutions also protect them to some extent, though they do not pay for extra hours."
Teona, Accountant, 24

“Yes it is protected but unfortunately I can show you a lot of people whose rights are absolutely unprotected. Not only their rights of compensation and wages, but the risks they face on the job as well.”
Sopho, Journalist, 23

“Well unfortunately the situation in Georgia is catastrophically terrible in that direction, because there are hardly any organizations (more likely private ones) which protect the labour rights of their staff in any aspect.”
Giorgi, Blogger, 21

"If state structures are interested in the current situation in this regard, I think that many private employers would find themselves in an awkward situation."
Lasha, musician, 29

“I can say that our labour code is discriminatory.”
Revaz, Bank Employee, 21