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Archive for August, 2011

Sanadaj and Qazvin Updates

(Source: Jaras—Green Path Movement ) On Tuesday August 2, more than 200 construction workers in the Kurdish city of Sanadaj staged a gathering in front of the city’s Social Security building to protest the absence of social security cards for construction workers. The gathering which lasted for four hours ended at noon as government officials [...]

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Strike by Tabriz Blacksmith Workers

The strike at the Tabriz Tractor Complex is now on its tenth day. On July 27, workers at the Blacksmith Company which is a subsection of the Tabriz Tractor industrial complex went on strike following an impasse reached at the talks with the company’s general manager. The Blacksmith Company is a private subcontractor firm. The [...]

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Labor Activists Persecutions

According to the reports by “the Coordination Committee to Aid Formation of the Workers Organizations in Iran”, Vafa Ghaderi and Yadollah Ghotbi, two members of the committee arrested on May day have been fined 900 dollars each. They had spent 12 days in prison and freed on bail for $50,000 and $30,000 each. Pedram Nasrollahi, [...]

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Ardel Workers Beaten by Police

On August 1, police forces entered Ardel, manufacturer of home appliances, and dismantled the equipment with the authority of the prosecutor’s office. The dismantling followed an injunction won by the Tejarat Bank as part of the debt the company owed the bank. The police action led to skirmishes with the workers and left some of [...]

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Workers Protests at the Parliament Gates

On August 2, representatives from Karoun, Shoushtar, and Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers Syndicate gathered by the gates of the Iranian Parliament putting forward their demands. The workers are asking for coverage of the unemployment benefits and return to work of the members of the syndicates expelled from work. Two parliament deputies met with the [...]

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Abadan Petrochemical Letters on Wages and Layoffs

A number of employees at the Abadan Petrochemical Company have written an open letter to the authorities and to the public at large pointing to the hardships they are encountering at work. The letter published in Kalemeh, Green Movement site associated with Mir-Hossein Mousavi, refers to the uncalled-for layoffs as a means to sow fear [...]

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Mazandaran Textile Workers’ Protest

On July 28, Mazandaran Textile workers staged a gathering at the Mazandaran governor’s building to protest 13 months of going without pay. On the week prior to that, Mazandaran governor had toured the factory and asked workers to remain patient and endure difficulties supposedly because of “lack of funds”. The workers talking with Iranian Labour [...]

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Shiraz ITT Workers Protest at the Parliament Building

On July 22, more than 200 telecommunications workers drove up from the city of Shiraz to stage a gathering across the parliamentary building for non-payment of wages. These workers have not been paid for 20 months. According to a report by the official Mehr News Agency, two bills issued by the cabinet and a number [...]

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Letter from Workers at Kaavian Steel Company in Ahvaz

The following letter has been received from workers at Kaavian Steel Company in Ahvaz not far from the Persian Gulf. There is a reservoir at the Kaviaan Steel where 9 of us go inside it in groups of 3 every day to clear out the waste blocking the sewage. The only equipment issued are boots [...]

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