The economy of the Azerbaijan was challenged in 2011 by the slowdown of economic growth. The Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan (AHIK) focused on protecting rights in the workplace.
Freedom of association / Right to organise
The law prohibits anti-union discrimination.
Right to collective bargaining
Right to strike
Even though the Labour Code of 1999 has improved the legal guarantees for workers, labour rights are often violated in transnational companies. The most common violations include conclusion of fixed-term contracts for one to three months, deprivation of annual leave days granted by law, overtime without extra payment, and failure to transfer social insurance taxes. Private employers and international companies operating in Azerbaijan also prevent the creation of trade unions, threatening employees with dismissals.