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Archive for July, 2011

Labor Law Changes

Below is a translation of a recent statement by the “Free Union of Iranian Workers” on the amendments to the labor law proposed by the Ahmadinejad government. Despite myriad problems, Iran’s labor law remains one of the most progressive in the world. It is considered among the last vestiges of the 1979 revolution. The following […]

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Labor Activist Ends Hunger Strike

(Source: Labor Rights Defense Center) Shahrokh Zamani, member of the Organizing Committee of Painters’ Labor Syndicate, who had spent 34 uninterrupted days in solitary confinement, was sent from City of Tabriz Intelligence Bureau to the Tabriz Prison on July 13. Zamani who had entered the seventh day of his hunger strike in response to his […]

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Update on Persecutions

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Sentenced to Five Years in Prison Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced Behnam Ebrahimzadeh to five years in prison plus “lashes”. Ebrahimzadeh is a labor activist and member of the Pursuing Committee to Form Labor Organizations. He is also an activist with child labor issues and a standing member of the Society in Defense […]

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What’s Next for Iran? An Interview with a Leader of Iran’s Labor Movement

Josh Eidelson – June 10, 2011 JUNE 12 will mark the two-year anniversary of the Iranian election that set off a firestorm of protests and the birth of Iran’s Green Movement, demanding political reform. After a fierce crackdown, the movement mostly disappeared from Western view—until this year, when protesters hit the streets once again, inspired […]

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Union Democracy in Iran: Is It Possible?

by Ben Weinthal | Fri, 06/17/2011 – 1:54pm In an eye-opening interview with Labor Notes about assaults on workers in Iran and their efforts to organize free trade unions, an organizer based in Tehran delves into the volatile situation for advocates of union democracy in a closed society. Ben Weinthal, a journalist working in Berlin […]

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Iranian Workers are not Pharaohs’ or Ancient Empire’s Slaves

Jafar Azimzadeh – Free Union of Iranian Workers For the last thirty years– and certainly the period before that– Iranian workers have never really benefited from internationally recognized labor rights enjoyed by workers in other countries. For example, they have have never had the right to form organizations which defend their trade union or social […]

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28 Articles of the Labor Law Set to Be Eliminated

In a new offensive on labor, the semi-official Islamic Labor Council (ILC) has revealed plans to emasculate the labor law in favor of the employer. In an interview with the Iranian Labor News Agency, Aliakbar Eivazi, a board member at the Tehran Islamic Labor Councils Coordination Center, has reported new proposed changes to the Iranian […]

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