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December 10, 2010


Solidarity message to: Reza Shahabi,

Treasurer and member of the board of directors of Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company- Evin Prison, Tehran, Iran.


 Dear Reza,

We have been informed that you have gone on dry hunger strike since December 4, 2010 to protest against your unjust incarceration and the refusal of authorities to release you. We are writing this to express our support and solidarity with you. We strongly condemn your unjust arrest and continued detention and we support your position that the government must free you immediately and unconditionally. We will do our best to continue pressuring the Iranian government through labour activists and organizations around the world to free all jailed workers and to put an end to persecution of labour activists in Iran. No government can stop or silence labour movement.  However, you know better than all of us that this struggles is long and continuous. Therefore, we sincerely urge you to end your hunger strike because in this struggle the labour movement would need all its activists and leaders.

We once again express our solidarity with workers in Iran and demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all jailed labour activists.


In solidarity,


Edgar Godoy, President, CUPE Local 2191

Denise Hammond, President CUPE Local 1281

Ilian Burbano, Co-President, CUPE Local 3393

Logan Sellathurai, CUPE International Solidarity Committee

Farid CH. Partovi, President, CUPE Local 4772