Urgent call: Free Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Workers’ Representatives

Free Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Workers’ Representatives

Representatives of the striking workers of the Haft Tape Sugar Cane Industry were arrested and sent to an unknown location today. As of this time, no information is available about their whereabouts. Names of the arrested workers include: Esmai Bakhshi, Moslem Arman, Pouya Bashmeh, Saeed Mansouri, Jalil Ahmadi, Azim Sorkheh, Mehdi Davoodi, Saeed Alkasir, Alizadeh, Omid Azadi, Seyed Hassan Fazeli, Samir Ahmadi, Salamat Nia, Emad Kasir, Mahmoud Saadi, , Moslem Armand; Mohammad Khanifar and Khaled Tamimi. In addition, a reporter was also arrested today. Her name is Sepideh Gholian.

Immediately after the arrest of these worker representatives, their lawyer reached us to the Public Prosecutor office of the city of Shoush, but the Prosecutor reported that he had not yet received a report on the source and reason for the arrest of these workers.

Workers’ organizations in Iran including the Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Company have strongly condemned the use of security forces against the workers of the Haft-Tapeh sugar cane company and the arrest and beatings of workers and demand the immediate and unconditional release of all detained workers.

The recent wave of strike by the Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers, which is now entering its fifteenth day, has been against the privatization and breakdown of the company, corruption by the management of the company, and the non-payment of workers’ wages and benefits. Instead of resorting to oppressing workers, the government and government officials ought to be accountable for their anti-worker policies, including severe blows to the Haft Tapeh sugarcane industry, which has devastated the working and living conditions of thousands of working-class families. Workers have been protesting on the street of the City of Shoush for the past 6 days. Striking workers have vowed that these repressive measures will not deter their will and determination (see the tweets below).

Please send strong protest letters to the Iranian government authorities demanding the immediate and unconditional release of all arrested workers.

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)
November 18, 2018
[email protected];
www.workers-iran.org;

Iran: a must see speech by a worker representative during Haft Tapeh Sugarcane workers’ strike (With English Subtitles)

PLEASE SEND protest letters to the electronic addresses below: Please also send them via the Iranian diplomatic representatives accredited to your country, if there is an Iranian diplomatic mission in your country. Although Iranian embassies’ addresses change frequently, please see the link below which might help: https://www.embassypages.com/iran

Cc: [email protected];

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)
November 18, 2018
[email protected];
www.workers-iran.org;