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Month: June 2013

Free Reza Shahabi Now; Time to increase pressures for freedom of all jailed labour activists in Iran

We are highlighting the challenges relating to the total disregard of the plight of jailed labour activists in Iran and the continued harassment of labour activists both in jail and outside the prison system. In particular, we are calling on…

The Iranian government is responsible for Afshin Osanloo’s death

   June 23, 2013 – According to the latest news from Iran, Afshin Osanloo, a jailed worker and political prisoner, suffered a heart attack on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in notorious Rajai-Shahr Prison and passed away on June 21, 2013…

Presidential Election in Iran

By Satar Rahmani   Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) despite 34 years of bloody repression is still engulfed in economic and political crisis. Political crisis, tensions and conflicts between factions has always been a characteristic of IRI, but the current…

From: Free Trade Union of Iranian Workers To: International Trade Union Confederation

From: Free Trade Union of Iranian Workers To: International Trade Union Confederation   With warm greetings,   Friends and colleagues at International Trade Union Confederation,   As you well know, the sporadic independent workers bodies and organizations in Iran have…

Letter by three independent Iranian labor organizations to the annual meeting of ILO

In May 2013, three independent labour organizations in Iran sent an open letter to the ILO’s 102nd conference which took place in June 2013 in Geneva. In this letter, signed by Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers’ Syndicate, Mechanical Metal workers’…

A brief look at challenges facing independent workers’ organisations in Iran

Workers had a key role in 1979 revolution in Iran. During the revolution they established their own independent organisations such as strike committees, Workers councils, syndicates and many other types. After the revolution workers’ independent organisations were rapidly growing as…

A summary report on unemployment rate in Iran

According to the government-controlled “Iran’s Statistical Centre”, in autumn 2012, the economic participation rate (the percentage of the active population, unemployed or employed, at working-age) in the total population from age 10 and older was 37.5%. The index calculated 61.3%…

Minimum wages at the lowest possible level

The official minimum wage for the year 1392 in Iran, as determined by supreme council of labour is 487 thousand Tomans a month, with the current market value of Rial this would be approximately US$140.00 per month.   Minimum wage…

May Day in Iran

May Day in Iran is not recognized as workers’ holiday. On May Day workers go to work as usual and lack the right to protest for their basic internationally recognized rights. For many years workers activists have been fighting the…

Reza Shahabi’s health rapidly worsening after return to jail

Last week, Reza Shahabi’s back pain increased and affected his left leg as well; he was taken to the Evin prison’s medical clinic but due to lack of medical supplies and mistreatment by the prison’s doctor and other authorities he…

A brief report on June 13th day of action in support of workers’ rights and struggles in Iran

On 13 June 2013, nearly 150 trade union activists from across the globe took part in a rally and demonstration supporting Iranian workers, in front ILO’s headquarters. Labour activists, social and political organizations representing labor and democratic activists in Iran, France, Britain, Sweden,…