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Employees of oil, gas and petrochemical industry launch strike in southern Iran

Employees and Workers of Iran's oil, gas and petrochemical industry launch strikes in numerous cities
Employees and Workers of Iran's oil, gas and petrochemical industry launch strikes in numerous cities

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 2, 2020—Employees and workers of Iran's oil, gas and petrochemical industry launched strikes in numerous cities checkered across southern Iran on Saturday, protesting paycheck delays and demanding the pensions that they have been denied for a long time now.

There are reports of this strike continuing for the second day on Sunday in the cities of Asaluyeh, Abadan, Kangan and Qesh across southern Iran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These strikes and protests were witnessed in the refineries of Abadan and Mahshahr in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran; the heavy crude oil refinery of Qeshm in Hormozgan province, southern Iran; the Parsian petrochemical refinery in the city of Lamerd, Fars province, in south-central Iran; and phases 22 and 24 of the South Pars gas project in the town of Kangan, Bushehr province, also in southern Iran.

 

 

These workers are protesting harsh working conditions, lack of basic safety equipment and measures on at the worksite, and not receiving their paychecks and pensions for several months.

On Wednesday, July 29, workers and employees of the North Azadegan oil field went on strike protesting low wages. This strike began when the executive director of the Azadegan oil field expelled a large number of the employees and workers.

 

 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed these protesting workers in Abadan, Qeshm, Parsian, Lamerd, Mahshahr and South Pars, emphasizing the oppressed workers have rightfully risen in demand of their wages and pensions that have been plundered by the mullahs' regime.

"Hail to the workers of refineries in Abadan, Qeshm, Parsian and Lamerd who have launched a strike to gain their rights. #Iran’s oppressed workers are using strikes and protest to restore Iranian workers’ rights plundered by the mullahs’ inhuman regime," Madam Rajavi tweeted.

"#Iran regime compels workers to toil under oppressive contracts, without paying their salaries. Simultaneously, the country’s assets are wasted in nuclear &missile projects, and on terrorism, or invested in foreign bank accounts of the regime officials and their families."

 

 

In other news of protests from Iran, workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company continued their strike and held Sunday’s rally outside the local governor’s office while emphasizing on the necessity to maintain unity among their ranks and continue this strike. The workers are demanding delayed paychecks and renewal of their expired medical insurance booklets, and answers to a series of outstanding issues raised with company officials.

 

 

In Arak, central Iran, workers of the HEPCO heavy machinery factory held a gathering for the second day on Sunday, protesting their lack of job security and demanding unpaid wages.

HEPCO workers holding a protest rally for the second day in Arak, central Iran—August 2, 2020

HEPCO workers holding a protest rally for the second day in Arak, central Iran—August 2, 2020

 

On Saturday the locals of Nourabad in Lorestan province, western Iran, rallied outside the mayor’s office holding a banner reading, “We the residents of Baharestan, Taleghani, Koshtargah, Shahrake Basij and Kuye Soleimani districts demand standard streets for our town and neighborhoods.”

Corrupt officials of the mullahs’ regime are known to use various budgets, such as road and construction, for their own personal benefits and profits.

Locals of Nourabad in Lorestan province, western Iran, rallied outside the mayor’s office demanding standard streets for their town—August 1, 2020

Locals of Nourabad in Lorestan province, western Iran, rallied outside the mayor’s office demanding standard streets for their town—August 1, 2020

 

Locals of Nourabad in Lorestan province, western Iran, rallied outside the mayor’s office demanding standard streets for their town—August 1, 2020

Locals of Nourabad in Lorestan province, western Iran, rallied outside the mayor’s office demanding standard streets for their town—August 1, 2020

 

Locals of Nourabad in Lorestan province, western Iran, rallied outside the mayor’s office demanding standard streets for their town—August 1, 2020

Locals of Nourabad in Lorestan province, western Iran, rallied outside the mayor’s office demanding standard streets for their town—August 1, 2020