Reported by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Nov. 30, 2018 - On Friday, the workers of Haft Tapeh sugar mill resumed their protest in front of the mayor’s office in Shush, Khuzestan. The workers were chanting, “Imprisoned workers must be freed.”
This marks the 26th day of strikes and demonstrations by the workers of Iran’s largest sugarcane factory, which began in protest to unpaid wages and the privatization of the company.
Yesterday, a regime official sent an IRGC official to dissuade the workers from continuing their protests by giving them promises of meeting their demands. The regime also sent a member of parliament to negotiate with the workers. Also accompanying the regime officials were a large number of Basij members.
But the workers disrupted the speeches of the regime officials and called them off for not having fulfilled any of their previous promises.
26th day of protests by workers of Haft Tapeh
The workers of Haft Tapeh have not received their pay for several months. They have also been deprived of many bonuses and facilities that the Iranian regime’s own labor law requires employers to give their employees. Thousands of workers in Khuzestan rely on the Haft Tapeh sugar mill to earn their living.
The company was previously owned by the government, but the regime enabled private owners to acquire the factory. The workers are protesting that under the management of the private owners, their working conditions have deteriorated and the factory has effectively been pushed toward bankruptcy. The workers demand the removal of the private owners.
The just demands of the workers of Haft Tapeh have become very popular among different communities and social classes across Iran, who have also been feeling the bite of the corruption of the ruling regime in their livelihoods. Yesterday, a group of students from Tehran’s art university held a gathering in solidarity with the workers of Haft Tapeh. The students were chanting, “We are the children of workers. We will stand by their side. Haft Tapeh, Khuzestan, the role model of the hardworking people.”
The students of Zanjan University also held a gathering in support of the demands of the workers of Haft Tapeh. “Students, workers, teachers, unity is the key to victory,” the students chanted.
Students of Zanjan University support the workers of Haft Tapeh
Yesterday, the Iranian regime’s security forces attacked the home of Ali Nejati, the former head of the syndicate of Haft Tapeh sugar mill workers, and arrested him. Nejati, who suffers from heart disorders, has been transferred to an unknown location.
The Iranian opposition called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene immediately and to demand the release of Ali Nejati and other arrested workers.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, called on all human right advocates to support the demands of the workers of Haft Tapeh and to take action for the release of imprisoned workers.
Hail to the striking sugarcane workers of Haft Tappeh and Steel workers of #Ahvaz who have risen up to obtain their rights and free their imprisoned co-workers. I call on #Iran’s youth to rise to their aid.#IranProtests #FreeIran2018#IranRegimeChange— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 29, 2018