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Archive for May, 2010

Unionist Severely Beaten in Prison

Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the board of directors of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association, has been severely beaten in prison by the prison guards on May 28. The assault has taken place at 7:00 a.m. with one of the guards by the name of Ghasem Mohammadi cursing Bodaghi in Karaj Gohardasht prison where Bodaghi […]

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Midsize Enterprises at Peril

The unrestrained import policy of the Ahmadinejad administration as a means to curb inflation has hit the mid-size enterprises in Iran hard.  Traditional industries, such as textiles, sugar cane refineries, tea, leather manufacturing, shoes, home appliances, etc., which once employed hundreds of thousands of workers, have been closing down one after the other in recent […]

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Labor Activist Talks about the Mahshahr Petrochemical Labor Organization

The Ad hoc Workers Council of the Mahshahr Petrochemical Complexes is a recently formed labor organization set up in the Mahshahr industrial region in the south of Iran.  In a recent interview with Radio Farda – Radio Liberty, “Hossein”, a member of the Council, has talked about the formation of the council and the situation […]

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Remembering Farzad Kamangar

On Saturday, May 22nd, people gathered at the historic Haymarket Memorial in Chicago to commemorate the life of Farzad Kamangar. Karmangar was executed in secrecy on trumped up charges along with four others on May 9th. His execution has sent shock waves across the globe. The Tehran Bus Workers, The Free Assembly of Iranian Workers, […]

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Vahed Labor Activists and the Restrictions on Work

Tehran and Municipality Bus Workers Labor Syndicate labor activists have been under heavy pressure by the authorities because of their pioneering work in setting up the first independent labor organization in Iran in the recent period. Reza Shahabi of the board of directors of the Syndicate and the workers’ representative on the labor office arbitration […]

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Tehran Transit Unionists under Pressure

Tehran and Municipality Bus Workers Labor Syndicate is one of the few independent labor unions formed and operating in Iran. The labor activists formed the union in 2005 despite the will of the authorities. Since then the union has come under numerous pressures including the arrest of 1200 of the unionists in a single night […]

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Workers Protests Continue in Iran

The workers in Iran have continued with their protests on the issues of wage thefts, layoffs, and job insecurity in the recent weeks. The protests have varied from sit-ins and strikes to the gatherings at the offices of the president and the parliament. A report on a number of these actions follows. Metal Industries (Tehran […]

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Dialogue from Network of Iranian Labor Unions

The May/June issue of the paper News & Letters has carried the response by the Network of Iranian Labor Unions to an earlier article, “Iranian workers enter the fray“, in that paper. The response is reprinted below: Recently, we were directed to an article in the March-April 2010 News & Letters, “Iranian workers enter the […]

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Statement of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association on the Execution of the Five Compatriots including the Kurdish Teacher, Martyr Farzad Kamangar

Iranian Teachers Trade Association, a union Farzad Kamangar belonged to in Iranian Kurdistan, has published a statement on the execution of Kamangar and four other prisoners in Iran on May 9. The text of the statement, translated by Iran Labor Report, is as follows: Enlightened Women and Men, Noble and Enlightened Nation of Iran, The […]

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Trade unionist put to death in Iran

International Metal Workers’ Federation (IMF) mourns the death of the Iranian trade unionist, Farzad Kamangar, who together with another four people was secretly executed in Iran on May 9. IRAN: IMF has been shocked and outraged to learn of the execution on May 9 of Farzad Kamangar, 35 year old teacher who was a member […]

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