Azerbaijan: Confederation of Trade Unions files lawsuit against McDonald’s for dismissal of unionist; claims union members were forced to leave union

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Company response
27 June 2012

[McDonald's response regarding union dismissal in Azerbaijan

Author: McDonald's

Since its opening in the Azerbaijan market, McDonald’s has been a leading employer and has been pursuing a progressive personnel policy based on principles of mutual understanding and cooperation. The company strictly abides by the current Azerbaijan Law. We respect employees’ rights and their wish to create or join any organizations at their time-off. Company priority is to ensure that employees’ rights are observed and to create conditions for them which help fulfill their potential as well as to provide compensation and benefit, training and development, motivational programs which significantly exceed legal regulations…As for the case mentioned, the Court found in favor of McDonald’s in both cases. McDonald’s has been and will continue to be an open and transparent company and devoted to its customers and its employees.

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Article
6 June 2012

McDonalds union dismissal taken to court [Azerbaijan]

Author: International Trade Union Confederation

In 2011, the Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan (AHIK) filed a lawsuit against McDonalds for the dismissal of the Chair of the Baku McDonalds restaurants’ union, Arif Babaev. Since the beginning of 2009 local trade unions have been organised by the Federation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan “Khidmat Is” in four McDonalds restaurants in...Baku. During 2009, the membership increased from 18 to 165...[T]he union called for collective bargaining and suggested a draft collective agreement to the executive manager of the company, M.Mirzoev...[A] delegation from McDonalds’ Moscow office visited the restaurants in Baku, after which the pressure on the unions increased significantly. All union members have been called for individual conversations with management and have been forced to sign documents to leave their union...By the end of 2010, only 10 employees confirmed that they...wanted to be members of the unions. At the end of the year, the case was still pending before court. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited McDonalds to respond. The company’s response is below.]

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