May 12, 2022

Batumi port workers end strike with key demands met –

Workers at the Batumi International Container Terminal, which operate one of the terminals in Port of Batumi, ended their strike after reaching an agreement with the management of the company, the main demands being met.

The company’s 80 workers turned to industrial action on Dec. 27, demanding management improve working conditions – regulate erratic shifts, increase pay, count vacation days fairly and reimburse employees. medical bills according to law.

The strikers struck a deal with the company later that day and returned to work, said Amiran Mikeladze, union leader at Batumi seaport.

According to Mikeladze, the company agreed to a 15% increase from January in the monthly wages of workers from the current average wage of 1,000 to 1,300 GEL (325 to 423 USD). This means that the average salary of workers will be 1,150 to 1,495 GEL (375 to 454 USD).

In addition, the union leader said the company had agreed to pay one-off bonuses of 50% of workers’ wages, which would be GEL 500-650 ($ 162-211) on average.

The company is also willing to better regulate night shifts and allow workers 24 working days a year, as required by law, instead of the 24 calendar days of vacation it used to grant, Mikeladze pointed out.

He added that these were the main demands that the parties have already agreed to, as they continue to discuss other minor details.

Before the workers made the deal with the management, Avtandil Andguladze, one of the strikers, lodged his complaints with the media. He Recount Mautskebeli television on December 27 that terminal workers were understaffed and overworked. “The workload has increased, while the number of people [employed] decreased, ”he noted.

Andguladze also pointed to the increase in consumer prices in the country, noting that while workers receive an annual increase of 4%, the amount is not enough compared to the surge in prices. Annual inflation hit 12.5% ​​in November, while prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages jumped 17% year-on-year.

He argued that management poorly organized workers’ shifts. Andguladze said workers previously had a set schedule, but now management simply calls them and informs them that they will have to come to work “without asking if you have time or not.”

In a separate interview, Andguladze also alleged that the company used to arbitrarily change the designated roles of workers, forcing them to take on tasks they weren’t supposed to perform.

The Batumi international container terminal employs a total of 120 people, including 80 workers, according to the unions at the Batumi seaport.

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