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Archive for June, 2012

Economic Woes and Rising Job Losses

With the start of the new Iranian year and prospects of further economic woes, the rate of plant closures and job losses have increased. With the second phase of the state economic subsidies cut program originally scheduled for June and the failure of the state to pay the declared subsidies for production facilities, the prospects […]

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Unsafe Workplaces Take Lives

Lack of safety measures in the work place is a gripping problem for many workers in Iran. Daily accidents take lives and create major injuries for many workers across the land. The following are among the reports in a span of few days. Twelve workers in Chaboksar Tea Processing plant were injured following an accident […]

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Petition by 10,000 Workers Delivered to the Labor Minister

According to the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), more than 10 thousand workers from industrial production facilities in five states in Iran have sent a petition to the minister of labor protesting the effects of the elimination of the subsidies program on their lives. The signing of the petition initiated by the Free Union of […]

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60 Labor Activists Arrested at the Meeting

Based on the reports by the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Iran, on June 15, the police raid with machine guns on the meeting of the sixth general assembly of the organization resulted in the arrest of sixty of the labor activists. On June 16, Cyrus Fathi, Alireza Asgari, Jalil Mohammadi, Saeed […]

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Iran: Release imprisoned trade unionists

13 June 2012 Index: MDE 13/037/2012 Introduction On the occasion of the 101st session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) – taking place in Geneva from 30 May to 15 June 2012 – Amnesty International renews its call on the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release trade unionists who have been imprisoned solely for […]

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Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights – Syria

Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights Syrian trade unions are required to belong to the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), a nominally independent organisation that is funded by the government and closely linked to the ruling party. Collective bargaining hardly exists, and it is prohibitively difficult to call a lawful strike. All […]

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Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights – Iraq

Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights Iraqi workers in the public sector are forbidden from forming unions not formally sanctioned and controlled by the state, a regulation remaining from the Saddam Hussein era. A draft labour law remains unfinished. Despite the restrictions, public sector workers, which make up the majority of the workforce, […]

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