Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 24 / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia /
About 400 employees of Georgian Railways will hold a protest march on October 24. According to one of the strike organisers of the Ilya Lezhava, freight transport services will be suspended for eight hours.
Through this action, machinists and their assistants will demand improvement of working conditions, safety and an increase in wages from the rail administration.
According to the protest organisers, the suspension of transportation will be the first step and unless the administration takes measures, the rail workers plan a more radical protest. Concrete plans will be made at a meeting which will be held in the locomotive depot in a suburb of Tbilisi on October 25.
According to Lezhava the salary of a driver amounts to 900 lari, an engineer assistant 600 lari, while administration employees are paid up to 21,000 lari. The work schedule is not adjusted and operators and their assistants have to work almost the whole day, he said.
Previously, negotiations between the administration and rail workers ended in deadlock.
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