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Beaten for Union Activities – Reza Shahabi Still in Prison

Reprinted from ITF: 20 February 2014 The ITF and the International Trade Union Confederation have approached the International Labour Organization for immediate intervention in the case of Reza Shahabi. Police beat Shahabi, treasurer of the ITF-affiliated Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, following his arrest in 2010. The beatings reportedly caused [...]

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IFJ Gives Full Backing to Renewed Call for Reopening of Iranian Union Headquarters

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has given its full backing to a renewed call from Iranian journalists for the Tehran headquarters of IFJ affiliate, the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), to be reopened. Last Sunday, 26 January, 774 journalists in Iran wrote an open letter to the President of Iran, Hassan Rohani, appealing for [...]

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Zafora, Born in Iran: The Life of an Ethnic Afghan Widow and Mother

by ABI MEHREGAN A workweek without end and an unswerving dedication to educating her children. Along the edges of Tehran’s age-old Farahzad neighborhood there are many well-known, expensive restaurants that serve traditional Persian cuisine. Few of the neighborhood’s residents, however, can afford to dine at them. Farahzad’s narrow streets are crammed with small homes, pressed [...]

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Isfahan Polyacryl Workers Protests over Job Security, Four Arrested

Polyacryl workers started a second round of protests over job security on November 16 in Isfahan. Talking to Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), one of the workers representatives said that more than 700 workers spent the night on November 18 at the factory mosque and joined with more co-workers, about 1000 workers continued their ongoing [...]

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Labor Protest over the Minimimu Wage by Ministry of Labor Confronted by the Secuity Police

A labor protest organized by the coordinators of the 40 thousand labor petition at the gates of the Ministry of Labor was confronted with security police on November 26. A report by the Free Union of Iranian Workers described the events. Workers and retirees from Vahed Bus Workers Company, Alborz Tires, Metal Works Industries, Iran [...]

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The Fight to Increase the Minimum Wage Presses On

The article 41 of the Iranian Labor Law stipulates that each year, the minimum wage should be set according to the rate of inflation in the country and the cost of living for a family of four. The “government Minimum Wage Designation Committee” has begun work on setting the rate for the coming Iranian year [...]

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Independent Unions Publish Joint Monthly in Tehran

Mechanical Metal Workers Syndicate, Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, Construction Painters Syndicate and Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers Syndicate have issued their joint monthly publication in Tehran. The publication called Payame Sandica (Syndicate Message), is the continuation of Metal Worker Message started online by Mechanical Metal Workers on 2011. On May day 2013, the syndicalists from [...]

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Seven Thousand Workers Commomorate the 23rd anniversary of the Ratification of the Labor Law

On November 20, a 7000 worker meeting was held by Labor House in Tehran on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the ratification of the Labor Law and a 14 point communique was issued enumerating their demands. The demands listed read as follows: 1. The Labor Law is a protective law. Any changes in [...]

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Bandar Imam Petrochemical Workers Press for Demands

According to reports by the Free Union of Iranian Workers, Faravaresh and Khawrazmi temporary workers went on strike for three days on October 20 spreading the strike to other petrochemical complexes. The workers were demanding 32 percent increase in wages, 4 percent payment for hazardous and hard jobs and assignment of equal shifts on par [...]

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Zagros Steel Workers Continue the Fight

While 250 Zagros steel workers won demands to return back to their work and receive their four months back wages on July 22, they were rebuked by the local Ghorveh Labor Office. On August 3, the workers led a protest rally by the local labor office demanding examination of the issue. The workers representatives were [...]

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