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Archive for November, 2010

Shiraz ITI Workers Stage Protest Gathering at the Factory

On November 27, several Iran Telecommunications Industries workers in the city of Shiraz staged a gathering at the factory compound to protest 17 continuing months of outstanding back wages and unpaid benefits. According to Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), Hashem Shamshiri, the deputy head of the Islamic workers council at the factory has said that […]

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Amendments to the Labor Law or Destroying the Workers Gains

Vahed unionists and metalworkers have issued a joint statement on the recent amendments to the labor law being discussed in the Iranian Parliament. Below is an excerpt of the joint statement. We workers think the labor law should be defending the working people and not the powerful…The workers do not have any other means at […]

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Vahed Syndicalists Persecuted

While Mansour Osaloo and Ebrahim Maddadi, the head and the deputy head of the syndicate remain in jail, several other Vahed unionists have been jailed in the recent weeks. Reza Shahabi, suffering from neck and back problems, is incarcerated in ward 209 of Evin prison in Tehran. While 60,000 dollars bail for his release was […]

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IRAN: Solidarity Never, as Hard-Line Government Intensifies Crackdown on Labor

Los Angeles Times Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Iranians this month that “frugal” families have nothing to fear from impending economic pressures. But just in case, his government is cracking down on labor activists who may disagree. Three workers from the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Co. Union are facing jail time on charges of insulting […]

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Protest at Khuzestan Pipe Factory

On Saturday, November 20, about 250 Khuzestan Pipe Factory workers staged a protest gathering in front of the Khuzestan province governor’s office. The 600 workers at the factory complain of not having been paid for the last 18 months. In the latest flare-up, a proposal was offered to the workers by the Khuzestan governor to […]

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Construction Workers Protest by the Parliament Building

On November 22, about 100 construction workers gathered by the Parliamentary buildings to protest the proposed new legislature to exempt construction workers from receiving unemployment benefits after returning part of their unemployment taxes collected from them. The new bill is rumored to be included in the fifth development plan being reviewed in the parliament under […]

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Saeed Torabian Freed, No Information Provided on Gholamreza Gholamhosseini

The following are extracts from a Nov 5 posting on the website of Vahed bus drivers union: “On November 2, two Vahed bus workers unionists were detained after being accosted and beaten by agents of the ministry of intelligence. Saeed Torabian, member and head of the public relations at the syndicate and Gholamreza Gholamhosseini, another […]

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Happy Birthday Sugar-Cane Workers!

Defying Formidable Obstacles, The Haft Tapeh Union Turns Two Years young Iran Labor Report extends its warmest greetings to the Haft Tapeh workers on the second anniversary of their union. Below is an announcement made on this occasion by Reza Rakhshan, the union’s leader: Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers Syndicate came into being in November […]

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Abadan Workers Fired after Protests

According to the reports by the Green Movement news site, Jaras, tens of Abadan refinery workers went on strike to protest the nonpayment of several months’ back wages as well as the general lack of responsiveness by the authorities. Based on the report, some windows were broken during the strike and about thirty workers were […]

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30 Doroud Cement Factory Workers Arrested

According to the reports by Iran Human Rights Activists New Agency (HRANA), thirty part-time Doroud Cement factory workers in Lorestan were arrested following a strike on October 30. The part-time workers were promised change to permanent status which turned out not to be the case. The part-time workers stopped production and went on strike. The […]

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