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Archive for July, 2010

The Power Blackouts and the Rise in the Number of Applications for the Unemployment Benefits

The month of June has shown an increase in the number of applications for unemployment compared to the number last year in Iran. According to the latest numbers by the Minister of Labor, the number of the workers receiving unemployment benefits last year was 160,000 while the number this year has risen to 180,000. This […]

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The Weight of a Brick

by AIRIS MEHREGAN Airis Mehregan is the pen name for a staff writer with Iran Labor Report in Iran. This article first appeared in Tehran Bureau Backbreaking labor for minimal pay defines essential economic sector. [ essay ] Take an open space, flat, an acre or two, with easily excavated soil, with sun-baked, perspiring souls […]

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Deep Concerns of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate over the Well Being of Reza Shahabi

Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate has released a statement on the lack of information on Reza Shahabi, a board member of the syndicate, who has been imprisoned since June 12 of this year. The text of the statement translated by Iran Labor Report is as follows: Reza Shahabi, a member of the board […]

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Qazvin Farnakh Textile Workers Stage Protests at the Factory Gates

On July 24, about 350 Farnakh Textile Workers staged a protest gathering across the factory gates in the Qazvin industrial city of Alborz. The workers were protesting not having received five months of back wages and two months of bonuses and benefits for the Iranian new year starting in March. A protesting worker has told […]

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Saeed Torabian Allowed Back to Work, Pressures Continue

Saeed Torabianو the public relations director at the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, was allowed back to work on July 26 following an earlier prevention by the Vahed security. Following his return back to work, he has been referred to the disciplinary committee at the bus company for his absence. Saeed Torabian spent […]

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Road Construction Workers Walkout in Shahroud

On July 25, about 100 labor, driver, and office workers of Namavaran road construction company walked out protesting not having received wages for the past nine months. A previous protest gathering at the company gates had occurred four days before for two hours before promises of receiving back dues in four days time ended the […]

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Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Employees Stage a Second Protest

Cultural Heritage Organization Employees ordered transferred to the cities outside the capital are reported to have protested during their transfer. While an earlier protest gathering occurred across the parliamentary buildings in Tehran, the second protest has occurred this time at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. On July 25, the passengers in the airport have witnessed loud quarrels […]

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Qom Operators Shut Information Lines for a Second Day

On July 25, the information telephone operators in the holy cit of Qom shut the lines from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and stopped work protesting for a second consecutive day. According to Iran Labour News Agency (ILNA), one of the workers wishing to remain anonymous said that: “since July 23, a new contractor has signed […]

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Rampant Wage Thefts Reaching Epidemic Levels in Iran

Rampant Wage Thefts are not a new phenomena in Iran. The list of production facilities where workers have not received their wages in months goes on and on. Naghshe Iran Carpet Weaving workers in Qazvin are reported to not have received wages and benefits for the past 18 months. Khuzestan Pipe Factory workers have not […]

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Saeed Torabian Denied Return to Work by Company Security

According to the reports by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, Saeed Torabian, the just released director of public relations at Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate was prevented from resumption of his work by Vahed security apparatus on July 24. Torabian spent about eight hours in discussion sessions at the central security […]

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