The former employees of Yerevan subway will apply to international tribunals
08.02.2016
12:00
Former employees of Yerevan subway consider the decision of December 2015, made by the Cassation Court, to be unfair according to which the termination of their contracts has a legal basis and they cannot recover their jobs at the Yerevan Metro.

Former employees said that they would apply to the international tribunals to recover their rights.

A press release was held at Media Center about this subject where three former employees Gagik Galstyan, Sevak Hovhannisyan and Andranik Gevorgyan, as well as their lawyer Kristina Gevorgyan, Lawyer at “The Foundation against the Violation of Law” NGO, participated.

Three employees were fired according to Article 113, Provision 6 of RA “Labor Code” which stipulates the termination of an employment contract on the ground of confidence loss.   :

While Kristina Gevorgyan said that her clients were fired exclusively because of participating in the demonstrations against the mandatory accumulative pension system, refusing accumulative pensions and protecting their rights.

“Later I was able to clarify by lawyer’s request that the reason was that my clients did not perform their duties and permitted some people to enter an area where the entrance and exit for strangers is prohibited. But they never received any notification or remark that they are fired, they did not know about it, and immediately the dismissal order was made,” Gevorgyan said. 

The lawyer added that their legal requirement was to annul the dismissal orders, recover their jobs and to pay the outage money for the whole period.

The court examined the case for a year and a half and studied all the records. The Court of First Instance made a verdict months ago and considered that dismissal orders of the employers who have 15 –year-experience to be groundless.  

“The court considered that setting money in the amount of five times for not recovering the job to be justified, and the outage money for the whole period was also upheld. But later the Cassation Courtreversed this verdict,” Gevorgyan said.

The lawyer said that they are dissatisfied with the Cassation Court, “which distorted the facts to justify its decision.”

Gagik Galstyan said that the judicial system made “ignorant and weak” decisions and put three families in an adverse situation.

Andranik Gevorgyan said that after the dismissal he could not find a job by his profession.

“If they say that we made such mistakes which had irreversible consequences, let them study and prove that there were such mistakes. We had a head who controlled our work. If we were mistaken, he would not sign and accept our work. But such a remark has never been made,” Gevorgyan said.  

Sevak Hovhannisyan said that during the court sessions they proved that they were right and made no mistakes.

“If they saw a stranger in the prohibited area, why didn’t they demand explanations at that moment? They have no proof,” Hovhannisyan said.

In the end, Lawyer Kristina Gevorgyan said that they intended to apply to the international tribunals to find a solution.

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to Lilitarakelyan@pjc.am .

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