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Azerbaijan: NGO alleges SOCAR discriminates against its employees by not allowing them to apply for positions after their contracts end

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited SOCAR and Azerbaijan Oil & Gas Industry Workers Trade Union Republican Committee to respond, but they did not.

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Article
23 August 2016

The amendment to paragraph 4 of the Order-Decision dated April 22, 2009 N 57 / 06-19 of SOCAR and the Azerbaijan Oil and Gas Industry Workers Trade Union Committee is contrary to the Constitution, Labor Code and other legal rights

Author: Oil-Workers’ Rights Protection Organization (OWRPO)

Employee who formerly worked in SOCAR but then dismissed...considered that their rights have been violated by SOCAR Human Resources Department (HRD) and applied to our organization for legal assistance. Thus when vacancies were announced by the company in accordance with their qualifications, HRD told them that they are not permitted to participate in the competition, because according to the agreement document, these workers will never be able to apply the company related to recruitment...[W]e studied the agreement prepared on the basis of Order-Decision N112/07-22 dated 14 august 2009 on amendment to paragraph 4 of the Order-Decision dated April 22, 2009 N 57 / 06-19 of SOCAR and the Azerbaijan Oil and Gas Industry Workers Trade Union Committee, and...Article 27.2 of the agreement [says]: In accordance with the labor contract signed with the employer, the current agreement and employee’s application, after termination the employee will not put in a claim for recruitment in enterprises and organizations of SOCAR, as well as SOCAR's joint ventures and operating companies. This article is contrary to the Constitution, Labor Code and other legal rights of Azerbaijan Republic. 

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Company non-response
22 August 2016

SOCAR did not respond