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Archive for November, 2011

Reza Shahabi Taken to Hospital

According to Vahed Workers Syndicate, Reza Shahabi, a member of the board of the Vahed Syndicate and its treasurer, was taken to Shahid Araghi hospital in Tehran on November 21 from the Evin prison. The doctors made examinations on his back and neck and indicated that he needs to go under surgery. Shahabi has said [...]

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Labor Protest on the New Draft Proposals to the Labor Law

On November 20, 3000 workers staged a sit-in by the gates of the Iranian parliament to protest the proposed new changes to the labor law. The demonstration called by the “Labor House” was used by a large number of labor protesters to show their discontent with the proposed changes to the law set to be [...]

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Update On the Mahshar Petrochemical Strikes

Amirkabir Petrochemical workers spearhead the new round of strikes at Mahshahr Special Economic Zone On November 7, workers from the repairs unit of Amirkabir Petrochemical Complex, contracting firm for Iran Frameco, walked out of their jobs in a massive show of force. The strike was a resumption of the fight for elimination of the middle [...]

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Labor Draws New Battle Lines on Iraq and Iran Oil Fields

This is the reprint from the article published in in these times By Michelle Chen The Middle East’s two key exports these days seem terribly at odds with each other: oil, the lifeblood of the global economic order, and political unrest, in the form of protest movements rolling across the region. Occasionally, though, oil and [...]

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Update on Persecuted Labor Activists

Ayat Niafar, the spokesperson for the Follow-up Committee to Form Workers Organizations in Iran was arrested on October 17 and taken to the Evin prison. Two other fellow labor activists, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh and Shahrokh Zamani have each received five and eleven year jail sentences respectively. Mohammad Jarrahi has also received a five year sentence. Ebrahimzadeh [...]

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Karun Agro-Industry Sugar Cane Workers On Strike

A group of sugar cane workers from Karun Agro-Industry in the city of Shoushtar took their protests to the gates of the Iranian parliament on the forth day of their strike. The workers went on strike to highlight the absence of seniority in unemployment benefits and wage calculations as well as non-compliance with the provisions [...]

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Khuzestan Workers Protests

On October 22, a group of workers with Ahvaz Pipe Manufacturing Company staged a protest gathering by Ahvaz Governor’s House protesting nonpayment of back wages. A number of the workers were arrested during those protests. Yet another protest gathering was held on October 29 on the same premise. The workers complained that the permanent workers [...]

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Elevator Installation Worker Loses His Life

A worker installing a lift chamber in a 10 story building under construction in Tehran lost his life in the sudden fall of the chamber. The incident happened when workers were working on the installation and the deceased worker was working inside the chamber. The emergency crew found the worker dead on arrival. In a [...]

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Qazvin Naznakh and Farnakh Textile Workers Protest by Presidential Offices

On October 23, a group of workers from Qazvin Naznakh and Farnakh Textile Company gathered by the presidential offices protesting not having received their back wages. The workers numbering around 100 were asking the officials for aid in their dispute. One of the protesting workers told Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) that the workers had [...]

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