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Archive for September, 2010

Update: Repression against Labor Activists in Iran

This last August, ILR published a precis on the case of several persecuted labor activists in Iran. The following provides a brief update on them and some other labor activists. Mansou Osaloo, the head of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate received an additional one year term in August for having connections with […]

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Successful Strike by Parhoon Workers

According to the Kermanshah Electrical and Metal Workers Association, on September 21, seventy workers at Parhoon Consulting working in Sanandaj Power Plant stopped work and staged a strike following earlier strikes in the previous week. At 9:00 AM, Salehi, the head of the Parhoon Consulting operations at the plant and an executive at MAPNA GROUP, […]

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Nurses Lose Contracts Permanently Due to “Improper Dressing”

According to the general secretary of the the main trade association for Iran’s nurses, the Nurses House, many of the contracting nurses at Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran have been terminated by the “Gozinesh”, or personnel office. Mohammad Sharifi Moghadam told the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA): “While the nursing supervisory authorities closely monitor attire […]

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Protest Held at Rasht’s Khavar Textiles

On September 25, some 300 female and male textile workers in the city of Rasht staged a rally across the governor’s mansion in northern Iran. The Khavar Textile workers were demanding seven months of back wages. According to one of the workers on the scene, the management had received a large government loan not too […]

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Iranian Political Prisoners Welcome Castro’s Comments

Recently, the American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg paid a visit to the island of Cuba at the invitation of the Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The journalist subsequently conducted an extensive interview with Castro in which he excoriated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for fanning the flames of war by encouraging anti-Semitism. The interview which had come at the heels […]

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Bus Drivers Union Condemns Repression against its Leaders

Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate has released a statement concerning its incarcerated board members. The translation provided by ILR reads as follows: Reza Shahabi, a member of the board of directors of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, who has been arrested on June 12, 2010 has been in limbo at Evin […]

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Miners’ Working Conditions in Iran

ILR staff writer Morad Mansouri in Tehran There are only a few who can fathom the kind of grueling work required by miners. Long hours, confined space, unsanitary conditions and above all, suffocating atmosphere make mining one of the most unattractive occupations in the world. The fear of death weighs constantly on a miner’s mind. […]

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Teachers Take to the Streets in Front of the Parliament

On September 5, several teachers staged a protest in front of the parliament against the job termination for their part time colleagues. Last October, a new law was passed in the parliament to make all the 60,000 part time teachers in the country permanent in a period of five years. While 12,000 of them are […]

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Two Haft Tapeh Labor Activists Receive Jail Sentences

According to Iran Human Rights News Agency (HRANA), two Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane factory workers, Alireza Saeedi and Behrouz Mollazadeh, have each received a one-year jail sentence. The two labor activists were arrested last December and released on $70,000 bail. On September 2, the branch one of the revolutionary court in the city of Dezful […]

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