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Iran: Workers of HEPCO protest to unpaid wages, poor working conditions

Protest by workers of HEPCO construction equipment manufacturer in Arak
Protest by workers of HEPCO construction equipment manufacturer in Arak

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran August 25, 2019–On Saturday, a group of workers from HEPCO construction equipment manufacturer gathered in front of the company’s headquarters in Arak and protested to unpaid wages, their contract conditions and insurance problems.

The workers are saying, “Due to the decline of production in 2019 and the inefficiency of the management chosen by the Privatization Organization, we are worried about our job security.”

According to the workers, they have only received their wages for the first two months of the new Iranian calendar year, which started in March.

The workers resumed their protests on Sunday in front of the local offices of the regime’s parliament in Arak.

HEPCO, founded in 1974, was once the biggest manufacturer of heavy construction equipment in Iran and the Middle East, and produced 3,000 pieces of equipment per year. But since the mullahs seized power in Iran, the company has been constantly declining. HEPCO was eventually sold to private owners with ties to the regime, which further pushed it toward its collapse.

HEPCO’s workers are one of many labor communities who are protesting to delays in payments and poor work conditions. The regime’s response to labor protests has so far been hollow promises, crackdown and repression, and heavy prison sentences for protest organizers.

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