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Archive for March, 2010

Tehran’s Annus Mirabilis

Hamid Farokhnia,  staff writer at Iran Labor Report This article first appeared at The stunning birth and flowering of Iran’s democratic movement this past year has largely been the work of  Tehran’s courageous residents. These battle-weary street fighters are now taking a well-deserved vacation from politics during the holiday season of Nowruz, the Iranian New […]

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Osanloo’s Physical and Psychological Agony in Gohar Dasht

Mansour Osanloo, leader of the Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, has been in jail for three years and seven months.  He has been charged with plotting against national security and is serving a five year term in Karaj Gohar Dasht prison. While the prison administration is required by law to separate prisoners based […]

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Labor Unions Spring Greetings for the Iranian New Year

March 20 marks the start of the Iranian New Year 1389.  On this occasion, the Network of Iranian Labor Unions (NILU) salutes the Iranian working class and their allies, as well as the international labor movement, in solidarity with their struggle.  Several unions in Iran have issued communiques on the occasion of the new year. […]

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Forcing Hunger on Iranian Workers in the New Year

Jaafar Azim Zadeh, the head of the Free Assembly of Iranian Workers, has given an interview to Deutsche Welle on the recent decision of the Iran High Council on Labor to set the minimum wage at 303.48 US Dollars this coming new year.  The following is the translation of that interview: DW: Yesterday, the new […]

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New Minimum Wage Rate Spurs Widespread Indignation

The High Council on Labor recently announced the new minimum wages rate scheduled to start on the Iranian New Year March 20.  The rate has been set to 303.48 US dollars per month.  The same rate for the previous year stood at 263 US dollars.  The rate announced has prompted many individuals and workers’ organizations […]

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Immediate Release: Mansour Osaloo Transferred to the Ward with AIDS and Hepatitis Patients

Iran Labor Report In a phone conversation from the prison wards, Mansour Osaloo, the Tehran Bus Workers Syndicate leader, has mentioned that he has been transferred  to ward no. 5 from ward no. 4 in Gohar Dasht prison in Karaj.  No reasons have been given for this transfer. Ward no. 5 is special for those […]

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Strike in Coke Production Division of Isfahan Steel

Based on a report by the Ad Hoc Council of Isfahan Steel Workers, the evening shift contract workers at the coke production division of Isfahan Steel went on strike for about two hours on March 8.  The division manager named Eshrafi met with the striking workers to head off the protests.  The workers were protesting […]

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Union Leaders Under Attack  

Reports from Tehran indicate that union leaders from the bus drivers union are currently being targeted. The group Human Rights and Democracy Activists has reported on the court sessions for two of the Syndicate unionists on charges related to last year’s Mayday gathering. In addition, the syndicate has issued a statement on threats on Osanloo’s life in […]

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Workers’ Protest in Isfahan

The industrial city of Isfahan in central Iran has been the scene of several protest actions by workers demanding back-wages. On February 27, eighty Matak workers, a company in Lanjan Metal Industial City involved in metal parts design, staged a protest in front of the company offices in Tohid at a major intersection in the […]

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Where Life Reeks of Death: Working Women and Child Laborers

That cabinet minister of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s ‘Justice-Based Government’ who routinely engages in ribbon-cutting in opening ceremonies is singularly unaware that for rescuing the auto industry in this country, humanity has been trampled upon and squashed. Behind closed doors, there are weak and suffering people whose backs are shot through with pain and whose bodies get […]

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