Order to get familiarized with the labour and safety conditions of the miners employed in the mines of the “Saknakhshiri GIG Group” Ltd, Tkibuli was visited by Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili, the Public Defender and the representatives of the Office. Mr. Nanuashvili held meeting with the miners and the representatives of the management. The Public Defender visited the Dzidziguri and Mindeli mines and got familiarized with the working conditions and the safety standards on-site. Mr. Nanuashvili got interested in medical and training points as well as the safety equipment applying by the miners for facilitation of their labour conditions and safety. During conversation with the Public Defender the miners made focus on the issue of lowering the retirement age limit as an exclusion for miners and asked him for mediation before the government for resolution of this problem.
My major goal was to get familiarized with the situation on-site and see the conditions the miners work in as well as to talk to them personally. A lot of things have been done, though one thing is to hear and the other is to see personally; there are some issues that should be addressed from the part of the government. Our recommendation is to operate a state organ that will inspect the security situation in the companies. We touched upon the retirement age; I think there should be a common approach to this issue – according to the working conditions. This is the issue which we will try to take part in” - said the Public Defender after the meeting. Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili also received the information from the chairman of Tkibuli Trade Union, who attended the meeting. According to Mr. Giorgi Khaburdzania, the miners’ requirements are decided in coordination and negotiation with the Administration. ,,Safety is a special issue that cannot be entirely eliminated in the companies of our profile, though we cooperate with the Administration to tackle this issue; we asked the Public Defender to be our mediator before the government for lowering the retirement age limit as an exclusion due to the specificity of our work” – said Babukhadia.
% of the performance of the Saknakhshiri is designated for technical re-equipment process, which improves the working conditions and the safety guarantees.