On Saturday, April 21, 2018, in a protest action, expelled workers of phase 19 of the South Pars Gas Complex blocked the entrance to the Complex (in Assaluyeh) and did not allow anyone to pass in or out of the complex.
The protesters have been demanding a return to their work and object to hiring non-indigenous forces instead of native people in the area.
Protesting workers, who have not received salary payments for several months, said that after the completion of their contracts, officials of the South Pars Gas Complex are prohibiting the extension of labor contracts on various grounds. With the start of the tenth refinery, a number of contract workers have become unemployed.
These workers, most of whom were involved in the security sector, were unemployed when the project was completed. The protesters say they have the right to work at the tenth refinery after the operation. The protesters add, “If we are to be unemployed when the project ends, while the head employer has no obligation to us, how are we supposed to follow up on our rights and salaries?”