A rusty and dilapidated century-old manganese mine is emerging as a focal point of spreading labor discontent in Georgia. A trade union leader blames the libertarian economic reform approach taken by President Mikheil Saakashvili’s government for stoking worker anger.
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Kakha Jibladze contributed additional reporting to this story. Molly Corso is a freelance journalist who also works as editor of Investor.ge, a monthly publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia. This article does not reflect the views of the American Chamber of Commerce.