Dear friends,

It’s been two weeks there is a non-stop savage aggression-campaign ongoing against personally me as well as the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation. Many were surprised and kept asking me how or based on what the administration of the Georgian Railways (GR) keeps trying to link the hunger-strike of railways workers to me or why they embed a political context to it?  I will be sincere to say that I am surprised myself being fully aware of the capabilities of the GR administration and influence, so they would have definitely had information about my negative approach towards the extreme forms of protest. Nonetheless, total ignorance of dialogue in any form, non-responsiveness to letters being sent and humiliating attitude made our brothers to go on hunger-strike, followed by unisonal assaults from Tsaguria, Guntsadze, Khaindrava, Khoperia, Gogichaishvili and Koberia and their pre-staged Black PR of false and obtuse accusations. As a consequence, several days ago, a true aim of this `Theatre of the Absurd` was revealed – to get a loyal and controlled person as trade unions chairperson as a result of Congress Elections in September this year.

It is not a secret that Georgian Railways is a state-owned company and it is Government of Georgia liable for all the illegitimacies committed by its administration. Recent comments made by the Parliamentary majority members (Gogichaishvili and Koberidze) as well as biased information spread by `Imedi TV`, `Public Broadcaster`, magazine `Tbiliseli`, etc., have demonstrated vividly that the `state machine` is on.   The next anticipated step is to find some insider (and I already know it for sure) who will whistle that I have problems and conflict inside the organization and they will attempt to move the battle within the trade unions, while on the other hand, will continue to promote their own candidacy through support of media and politicians.

Notwithstanding the fact that I had my decision not to run for reelection, despite the fact that there will be an unequal fight, I take this challenge and will stand till the end, not to allow the `leader on a remote control` to destroy and eliminate the most valuable the trade unions possess - its independence. All charges will be addressed and all actions will find their adequate response from the civilized world.

tgedevanishvili

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