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ITF Demands Shahabi Release

11 July 2014 The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has demanded the release of Reza Shahabi, the imprisoned Iranian trade unionist and prisoner of conscience. Shahabi, who is the treasurer of the ITF member union the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (otherwise known as the Vahed union), was unjustly arrested in […]

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Stop Reza Shahabi’s Persecution and His Inhumane Treatment

The following statement has been released by Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate on the condition of Reza Shahabi: As previously stated by the ‘Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company’ (Sherkat-e-Vahed Trade Union), we offer our overwhelming support in defence of the human rights of Raza Shahabi’s, the dedicated bus driver […]

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Azimzadeh Released, Shahabi Still on Hunger Strike

Many labor activists continue to face repression in Iran. Among the activists in jail, Reza Shahabi, the treasurer of Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate has been twice hospitalized in the course of 40 days since his hunger strike. Following 49 days in jail, Jafar Azimzadeh was released from prison. During his imprisonment, Azimzadeh was pressured to […]

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Workers Resist the Privatization Drive, Win Victories

Along with easing international tensions and steps to remove the international sanctions, the administration of president Rouhani has embarked on economic measures making the country attractive to foreign capital and investment. Privatization and economic liberalization have been high on the agenda. Knowing the effects of these measures on working class full well, miners have been […]

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Saveh Steel Rolling Factory Workers Win Demands Following Successful Strikes

On May 24, 1200 Saveh Steel Rolling Factory workers went on strike followed by a second strike winning their demands. In the course of down sizing the factory, about 50 of the personnel have been laid off and cutting the contracts to three months and even monthly durations, the employer has created a massive atmosphere […]

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Complaint Filed on the Minimum Wage Overruled

Following the minimum wage set for the year 2013, a group of state-sponsored workers organizations attempted to derail workers protests and channel them towards appealing through official channels. A complaint with Administrative Court of Justice was filed following the wage announcement by Coordinating Association of Tehran Islamic Labor Councils, Contracting and Contract based Workers Union, […]

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Labor Protests Continue on Economic Woes

With problems lingering in the economy, there are reports of many labor protest actions with demands ranging from back wage and benefits payments, job classification implementation necessary for receiving benefits, to fight against privatization. Here are some of the strikes in the past few weeks reported: On May 24, Abyek Cement factory workers staged a […]

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After 40 days, Jafar Azimzadeh Remains in Prison

It has been forty days since Jafar Azimzadeh, head of the steering committee of Free Union of Iranian Workers, has been in Jail in Iran following his arrest on the eve of May Day organizing a protest rally by Iranian Labor Ministry. According to reports by Free Union of Iranian Workers, Azimzadeh has been put […]

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Reza Shahabi Transferred to Rejaishahr Prison, on Hunger Strike

The following statement has been issued by Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate on transfer of Reza Shahabi, the incarcerated member of the steering committee of the syndicate from Evin prison to Rejaishahr prison: According to reports received by Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, on Sunday, June 1, 2014, Reza Shahabi, a member of the steering committee of […]

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Activist Prevented from Attending French Unions’ Gathering

Davoud Razavi, a member of the steering committee of Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate was prevented from exiting the country on May 25 en route to Paris at the invitation of five French unions. Not being able to attend a meeting set for May 26 by the French unions, CFDT, CGT, FSU, Solidaires, UNSA, Razavi sent […]

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