The International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) was formed in 1999 in Toronto-Canada and formally announced its formation in January 2000. In nearly two decades of continuous activism we have played an impactful role in securing international support for Iranian workers’ struggles against Islamic Republic of Iran, employers, and the inhumane conditions capitalist order has imposed on working class lives in Iran. During these years our politics and the foundational basis guiding our activism has been predicated on working class traditions with an uncompromising emphasis on working class independence and autonomy.
The lack of free and independent labour organizations, and the lack of the right to strike in Iran, have created great obstacles for workers in their struggles for the realization of their rights and demands. The working class in Iran needs the international support of the workers and their organizations in other parts of the world in its struggle.
The International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) was formed with the following objectives:
To support workers’ struggle in Iran for better working conditions and living standards;
To advocate for workers’ movement demands in Iran, including the right to organize independent workers’ organizations and the right to strike;
To strive for an absolute end to the systematic repression, persecution, imprisonment, torture, assassination and execution of labour activists and political opponents in Iran;
To promote the implementation and enforcement of internationally recognized human and workers’ rights and freedoms for all people in Iran.
The IASWI sees itself as part of the international working class front, alongside the anti-capitalist movements and the majority of the people of the world, in order to establish freedom, socialism and the elimination of exploitation. The activists of the IASWI in each country are directly involved with the everyday struggles of the working class and wage-earners and other oppressed and dispossessed masses to strengthen the solidarity and international cooperation between the working class and the wage-workers all over the world.
The IASWI has been working in collaboration with many labour and progressive activists and organizations in Iran and around the world to strengthen worker-to-worker solidarity in defence of workers’ rights and struggles in Iran and against the repressive Islamic Republic of Iran and its capitalist and neo-liberal policies and practices.
As a volunteer-based international solidarity campaign in support of workers in Iran, the IASWI has colleagues and branches in North America, Europe and other parts of the world that work collaboratively towards the realization of the above objectives. IASWI’s members and colleagues have been prominent worker activists in Iran or their respective countries. IASWI has proven to be one the most consistent and reliable sources of information and actions on workers’ struggles in Iran.
IASWI is a fully independent organization and does not accept or seek funding or resources from any governments or corporations and their affiliates. IASWI does not collaborate with governments or organizations that are directed by and/or financially sponsored by governments and capitalist institutions. IASWI believes that such collaborations are against the underlying principles of the working class international solidarity and compromise the struggle for the formation of independent workers’ organizations in Iran. Furthermore, such collaborations with states and capitalist institutions would contribute to the subjugation and control of the workers’ movement in the interest of the capitalist system. Furthermore, IASWI strongly opposes and condemns economic sanctions and any threats of military interventions by the US imperialism and allies against Iran as well as military adventures by the reactionary regional regimes such Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey.
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