Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, September 21, 2020—On Sunday, September 20, a group of expelled contract workers from the Sports Affairs Department in the Gachsaran Oil and Gas Exploitation Company in southwest Iran held a protest rally in front of the governor's office demanding their return to work.
“For several weeks now, a group of sports coaches, whose only source of income was coaching in this company, have been fired under various pretexts, including company officials saying they are no longer needed,” one protester said.
“Each of them has more than ten years of work experience and their status is left in a limbo so far,” he added.
It is worth noting that these workers were fired while they have not received their wages for two to three months.
Expelled contract workers of the Abadan oil refinery holding a protest rally—September 20, 2020
More than 200 workers from different departments and several other contract workers of the Abadan Refinery gathered in front of head office, in the city of Abadan, southwest Iran, on Sunday protesting the refinery officials’ job classification plan.
“Nearly 250 people are working in different parts of the refinery, under the supervision of several contractors, who are protesting the implementation of a job classification plan in this refinery unit,” the protesting workers said.
According to them, the adjustment plan measures have not been implemented regarding the contract workers’ payments in the Abadan refinery. They are also demanding an increase in their wages based on their work experience and on the difficulty of their specific duties.
The protesting workers also added: “They want to carry out the plan without assessing the true value of our work.”
This is while, the labor representatives present at the decision-making meetings focusing on implementing this plan have been chosen by political officials and members of parliament, meaning the workers’ interests are not protected.
Water and Sewage Department workers protest in the city of Khalkhal, northwest Iran—September 19, 2020
On Saturday, September 19, a group of workers of the Khalkhal Water and Sewerage Department in Ardabil province, northwest Iran, gathered in the city of Khalkhal protesting an eight-month delay in the paychecks.
During the protest the head of the regime's Labor Union and Social Welfare Office in Khalkhal confronted the workers and threatened them with dismissals.
Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) shot and killed a young Iranian man by the name of Hassan Khandeh-pour
On Friday, September 18, the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) shot and killed a man by the name of Hassan Khandeh-pour, married with three children, and wounded another civilian. This attack took place near city of Oshnaviyeh in northwest Iran.
The IRGC members shot these two individuals while they were grazing their livestock in the Gader Mountains near Iran’s borders with Iraq and Turkey.
The IRGC guards arrested an individual by the name of “Arab” after he was wounded and took him to the IRGC detention center in the city of Naqada, northwest of Iran, and 410 of their sheep were looted by the IRGC, according to a September 19 report wired by the Hengaw website
Iranian officials warn about consequences of deteriorating economic conditions
As the Majlis (parliament) convened on Sunday, several MPs warned about the deteriorating livelihood of the Iranian people, especially the working class, and the possible consequences.
“We are all aware of the workers’ living situation and we know that their purchasing power is decreasing every day. If we want to use the poverty line as a criterion, all workers are below the poverty line,” said Ali Babaie, a member of the regime’s Majis (parliament).
“Economic growth has been zero and negative for last eight years… the country's income has decreased by 34 percent from 2011 to 2019. The purchasing power of Iranian families has decreased by one third compared to last year. The prices of goods multiply in just one night,” said Kamal Alipour, another Majlis member.
“Along with the difficult novel coronavirus situation, recession, inflation and unemployment are all rampant. Unbridled inflation has spread to people’s essential goods. People send me hundreds of messages daily complaining about skyrocketing prices,” said Anvar Habibzadeh, another member of the regime’s parliament. “Dear colleagues, with these devastating prices, how can a worker feed his family”?