Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 13, 2020—The workers in Iran's oil, natural gas and petrochemical industries and power plants continued their nationwide strikes and protests for the twelfth consecutive day on Wednesday.
The workers of refineries and power plants in 51 centers from 21 cities in 12 provinces have been taking part in the strikes.
Regime authorities tried to break the strike by paying a small portion of workers' paycheck in various sectors or by promising to solve problems, but the workers still insisted on their demands. The regime has a history of making hollow promises and not meeting them, and the workers want to see concrete action.
As the nationwide strike of refinery workers in Iran is nearing the end of its second week, it is receiving international support.
The Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), which has more than 30,000 members in the public transport and railways sector, expressed its deep concern over the mullahs regime's treatment of Iranian oil and petrochemical workers and other protesting workers on August 11. In a letter to Iranian officials, Mark Diamond, the Secretary General of RTBU, demanded the immediate payment of all salaries, arrears of striking workers, an end to workers' dismissals, and the unconditional release of all imprisoned workers.
Protests by oil refinery workers in Iran
Also, the Italian Parliamentary Committee for Free Iran issued a statement on August 11 expressing its full solidarity with the thousands of Iranian workers in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors who have gone on strike. “The strike of workers and employees of 44 refineries and factories, one of the most important key sectors of Iran's economy, are reminiscent of the strikes in the last months of the Shah's regime that led to his overthrow,” the parliamentary committee wrote in its statement.
The Italian Parliamentary Committee for Free Iran called on the Italian government, trade unions, European organization, and international labor organizations to support the struggle of Iranian workers for their basic rights.
The committee also called on the international community to strongly condemn Iranian regime’s bloody policy of repressing protests.
farmers in Isfahan province opened the Zayandeh Rud river path
On Wednesday, farmers in Isfahan opened the Zayandeh Rud River in a protest to the inattention of regime authorities to the farmers' problems.
“As you can see, this was the previous route of the river, which they diverted the water with dirt and stones to their gates.
The Iranian regime has been carrying out different construction and dam projects for the benefits of its own companies at the expense of the farmers of the region. The destructive policies have led to drought and the destruction of farmland in Isfahan. The farmers of Isfahan are constantly protesting over water and irrigation problems.
Railway workers in Karaj on strike in protest to unpaid wages
Railway workers in Karaj on Strike
workers in RSTC Co. in Karaj went on strike on Wednesday, August 12, and stopped a passenger train from moving.
The protesting workers they haven’t been paid for four months and until today they have only received their paycheck for March.
The workers say that they are living in the most difficult economic conditions and their families are hungry. "Because they can’t pay their debts, no one lends them even 10,000 tomans (approx. $0.04) so they can buy some bread for their families,” one of the protesters said.
Tenth day of strikes by HEPCO workers in Arak
The workers of HEPCO continued their tenth day of protest on Wednesday, August 12, at the company premises.
Despite the governor's recent interviews, the June and July salaries of the workers have not been paid yet, and they see their professional and legal future in danger due to the inactivity of the company.
Workers of the HEPCO Heavy machinery factory in Arak, central #Iran, rallied for the tenth day, protesting lack of job security & the halt of production at what was once the Middles East's largest heavy machinery production company.#IranProtests#اعتصابات_سراسری pic.twitter.com/d1tbrLg42V— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) August 12, 2020
The Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) used to be one of the first and biggest manufacturers of construction in Iran and the Middle East. Like many other vital resources of Iran, HEPCO has become subject to the plundering and mismanagement that characterizes the Iranian regime in its entirety. After decades of being run by corrupt officials, HEPCO, once a symbol of Iran’s industrial flourishment, is barely a shadow of its former self, a bankrupt industrial complex that has become the point of contention between workers and the government.