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Archive for March, 2012

US Labor Voices Opposition To War With Iran

On March 9, 2012, the USLAW Steering Committee adopted the following resolution on the looming confrontation with Iran: USLAW Resolution Calls for Diplomacy Not a Military Attack on Iran Adopted by the Steering Committee, March 9, 2012 Whereas, many indications point to preparations for U.S. military action against Iran, and Whereas, we have seen the […]

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Iranian teacher trade unionist faces death penalty – protest now!

Iranian academic and teacher trade unionist Prof Abdolreza Ghanbari is facing the death penalty in Iran. Like many, his crime if “enmity towards God”, a catch-all offense used primarily to trigger reference to revolutionary courts not restricted by normal legal standards of evidence. An online campaign is now underway to persuade the authorities to stay […]

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Seyyed Hassan, Who Lives under the Stars

by ABI MEHREGAN Abi Mehregan is a pen name. A labor activist, the author is on the staff of Iran Labor Report. This article first appeared in Tehranbureau. One man’s life on the streets of Tehran. Last April, the newspaper Iran, which is run by allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, published a series of shocking […]

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Ahvaz Sugar Refinery Workers Protest

On March 14, more than 70 Ahvaz Sugar and Sugar Refinary Factory workers staged a protest gathering by Ahvaz governor’s offices demanding last year wages and pensions. Iranj Emami, talking with Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) said: “These workers have been all laid off last year and are disturbed that their health insurance has not […]

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Iran Air Retirees Stage Protest Gathering

On March 14, a number of retired employees of Iranian Airlines staged a protest gathering by the airlines’ central offices. According to one of the protesting retirees, the airlines retirement savings is one of the largest in the country. However, due to the reserves being depleted for unaccountable reasons, retirees’ pensions have not being paid. […]

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Protests by Asadabad Steel Workers

On March 8, Asadabad steel workers held a protest gathering by Hamedan governor’s offices demanding back pay. According to Iranian News Agency (ILNA) report, the workers were protesting new contracts in January which wiped out four months’ back wages and did not make allowances for future wage and benefits. The steel workers have not received […]

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Jailed Unionist Appeals to French Comrades

Letter addressed to French trade unionists by Shahrokh Zamani Greetings. I am sending to you this letter from the Tabriz Central Prison. I am a member of Tehran’s Organizing Committee for Construction Painting, and Decorations Union. I was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry agents on September 6, 2011. I have endured four unremitting months of […]

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The Endless Day: A Look at the Lives of Iran’s Women Day Laborers

by ABI MEHREGAN Abi Mehregan is a pen name. A labor activist, the author is on the staff of Iran Labor Report. See also “The Weight of a Brick” by the same author. This article first appeared in Tehran Bureau. Brutal conditions and rampant exploitation in the workplace, little relief at home. The lot of […]

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Unemployment Doubled in the Course of the Year

In an interview with the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) on March 2, Mohammad Atarodian, the head of the High Center for the Employers Trade Association, claimed that due to continued recession in productive facilities, the unemployment rate has reached more than 31 percent. Atarodian attributes the increase in the unemployment to the cut in […]

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Safa Industries Workers Protest

On Febrary 29, four hundred workers from Safa Industrail Group staged a protest meeting in the Spiral Hall in the factory. Safa Industries employs about 1200 workers in south of Tehran and is engaged in pipe production. The workers have been demanding past due wages. In the meeting, the management promised one month’s pay to […]

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