STOP VICTIMIZING GEORGIAN TRADE UNIONS
Statement by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
22 February 2005
President of Georgia M. Saakashvili
Prime-Minister of Georgia Z. Nogaideli
Chairperson of Georgia’s Parliament N. Burjanadze
Procurator-General of Georgia Z. Adeishvili
The General Confederation of Trade Unions, organizing over 53 million workers from 11 countries of the CIS, is
deeply indignant over the arbitrary acts being committed by Georgia’s authorities against the GCTU member-organization,
the Georgian Trade Union Amalgamation (GTUA), and its elected leaders.
The GCTU voices a strong protest against the insistent attempts to deprive the unions of their legal property, the
provocative arrest of a GTUA Vice President, Lasha Chichinadze, and the threats issued against other leaders of
the national trade union centre.
The GCTU draws the attention of Georgian state authorities to the fact that their actions run counter to the civilized
norms of conduct, and trample grossly on the universally accepted international instruments and on trade union rights
guaranteed by the country’s Constitution and legislation.
The GCTU demands an immediate release of Lasha Chichinadze and insists that all issues of relationship between
the unions and the state authorities, including the regulation of property problems, should be settled on a strict legal
GCTU General Secretary
21 February 2005