Workers in Iran 6

Producer: David Aram

 News headlines from some labor protests in August 16 to August22, 2017


 August 22: The retirees were summoned in front of the parliament to call for their demands.

The presence of workers and teachers working in solidarity with this call was gathered. Accumulated to about two thousand people, The slogans of retirees against poverty, gravity, thefts and embezzlement, repressions, and against discrimination and inequality. Retirees said they would gather again if they were not answered.  Among the slogans:

Astronomical salaries, public misery. If I were not, You were not up there. Livelihood, dignity, health, is our absolute right.

The government, Parliament, shame, shame.

The poverty line is 4 million tomans(Iran’s currency), our salary is one million tomans.

prison teacher must be free, Abdi’s place is not in prison.

Mohsen Omrani ‘s place is not in imprison.

The worker, Employee, Retirement United.

Unequal rights, impose more poverty.

Little embezzlement to be low, our problem is solved.

The cruelty is Enough, Our table is empty.

all This injustice never seen by a nation.

The retirement gathering in March 2017 was one of the most important worker events of last year.


Alborz Painting Workers Syndicate August 21 and a group of teachers workers on August 20th, Made a statement.against the verdict of barbaric whipping for Shapur Ehsani rad, member of the executive board of the Free Union of Workers of Iran And returning Reza Shahabi (a member of the executive board of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs United Bus Company ) to jail  And sentenced him to three years in prison and forced him to a hunger strike.They called for the abolition of Shapour Ehsani’s sentence. They demanded the prohibition of flogging sentences. And called for the immediate release of Reza Shahabi and all political prisoners.

August 20: Following the cessation of protests by the Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers, which followed weeks of strike and enslavement, Instead of addressing their demands, the company management ordered the firing of workers, And fired nine of them, mostly agricultural workers, with eight years of work experience. On the morning of August 20, a crowd of workers from the Haft Tapeh -sugar cane complex gathered at the company to protest this layd off. The recognition of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane Syndicate, the immediate payment of workers’ demands, The end to the security of the factory and the summons and deportations are the immediate demands of the workers. The protests began on July 20th.

August 21, the workers of the Iranian National Steel Group gathered in front of the governorate of Khuzestan, the second month they protested against the joblessness and payment of their claims. 4,000 workers in Ahvaz’s national steel industry group have been on strike for non-payment of their 4-month pay and insurance premiums and to start production and maintain employment.

On the morning of August 22, Pasargad Starburst workers rallied in a factory in protest of non-payment of nearly 13 months of various wage and premiums.

On August 22, more than 30 employees of the Yasuj mercenary green space, representing 270 workers in this sector, gathered in front of the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad Governorate in protest of non-payment of 3 months’ salary.

On August 21, about 50 workers from the Shadegan municipality gathered in protest against the non-payment of six months’ salaries and the risk of expulsion from the municipality’s building.

On Aug. 21, a group of expelled workers gathered in Tang Bijar Development Project after 15 months of uncertainty for a number of consecutive times after dismissal, against the governorate of Ilam.

On August 21, a group of workers from Bandarlenghe City Municipality fled from the city’s municipality in protest of non-payment of five months’ salary. The wages of these workers are 850 thousand tomans, (Iran’s currency) which are less than the minimum wage of 930 thousand tomans several times below the poverty line.

On August 21, a group of workers from the National Oil and Gas Distribution Company of Khuzestan gathered in Ahvaz in protest of their unemployment due to the transfer of a number of fuel stations to the private sector and called for their return to work.

On August 21, ten students from the Gachsaran Oil Industry School (Trinigy), representing 144 students at the school, gathered at a gathering in front of the Ministry of Oil with a job request.

On August 20th, 250 workers from two companies, Assaluyeh Pythman, gathered in the workshop for three months of non-payment of salary.

On August 20th, about 200 preschool educators in Lorestan met in Khorramabad to protest the recklessness of recruitment.

On Aug. 20, a group of Gulf Starfire workers gathered in protest of the lack of clarity of their job status in front of the provincial governor’s office in Hormozgan province.

On August 19, a group of workers from the village water and sewage company Behbahan stopped working in the company in protest of non-payment of their 4-month salary.

On August 19, a group of Andimeshk municipal workers gathered in front of the city’s central municipality in a protest against the non-payment of 13 months of salary and 8 months of insurance premiums.

On Aug. 19, more than 40 workers from the municipality of District 2 in Abadan gathered in protest of dismissal and non-payment of five months and insurance rights.


On August 18, a crowd of young people seeking work in the city of Mehr gathered for several occasions in protest to the unemployment situation and had banners seeking employment, these young people who have created a committee called the “Youth Recruitment Committee of the City of Mehr” want unemployed youth employment. Official news shows that about 29 percent of the youth, or more than 700,000 young people, are unemployed in Fars province.

On August 16, the workers of the oil and gas industry (Oico) in the South Pars phases 17 and 18 fought to stop working for Not paying salaries.

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