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Iran: Teachers, miners & municipality workers hold protest rallies

Teachers holding a protest rally outside the regime’s Majlis (parliament) in the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday, May 4, 2020
Teachers holding a protest rally outside the regime’s Majlis (parliament) in the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday, May 4, 2020

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 05, 2020—On Monday, May 4, a group of teachers from various cities and provinces across Iran rallied in the capital, Tehran, and held a protest gathering outside the regime’s Majlis (parliament), according to the state-run ILNA news agency.

 

 

These teachers were protesting the fact that time and again they had met with various regime officials, including Majlis members, regarding their dilemmas and difficulties. “While we have been teaching for years and a number of us here are working as part-time teachers in various schools, we should not be asked to give tests to prove our teaching abilities. We are demanding these tests be cancelled and for us teachers to be allowed into teachers universities,” the protesting teachers were saying. Many of these teachers have been teaching children in distant villages and earning very little for their hard work.

In Kerman, south-central Iran, over 3,500 miners and employees of a local coal mine went on strike once again on Monday, protesting their demands not being met by mine officials. These workers are demanding a raise in their wages to meet the risks of their jobs, their years dedicated work and other occupational pensions.

The workers who are on strike say that following their first rally regime officials pledged to see to their needs by April 29. However, no measures have been taken to this day and the workers have been left in a limbo.

In Ahvaz, municipality employees working in the city’s green areas held a rally on Monday, May 4, protesting not receiving answers to their demands. This gathering was held outside the Khuzestan Province Governorate Office in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan Province. These protesting workers were complaining of not receiving their paychecks since February or even their New Year bonuses for the previous Persian calendar year (March 2019 to March 2020).

Employees of the National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC)

Employees of the National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC)

 

Also in Ahvaz, employees of the National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) held a rally on Monday protesting the mass expulsion of many of their colleagues. “To this day 100 NIDC employees have been dismissed and there are even plans to lay off another 500,” one protester said.

Protesting NIDC employees were holding signs reading: “Denying us of bread is no different than cutting off our heads.” This is the third such rally held by NIDC employees during the past few days.

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More protests are reported across Iran as people from all walks of life are angry over their conditions as the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to destroy lives throughout the country.

In Tehran, stonemasons and fruit store owners held a rally on Wednesday, April 29, protesting the country’s poor economic conditions that has become unbearable for the general public.

Also, on Wednesday of last week, employees of North Khorasan Province Electricity Department in the city of Bojnourd, northeast Iran, held a rally protesting being forced to continue their work without adequate hygiene necessities. Two of their colleagues have recently contracted COVID-19. They have been hospitalized and are reportedly in poor conditions. The protesting employees are demanding disposable gloves, face masks, and disinfectant agents to continue their work. However, regime officials are constantly neglecting the workers’ requests.

 

Employees of North Khorasan Province Electricity Department in the city of Bojnourd, northeast Iran, holding a protest rally

Employees of North Khorasan Province Electricity Department in the city of Bojnourd, northeast Iran, holding a protest rally

On Tuesday, April 28, locals from four villages near the city of Qorveh in Kurdistan Province held a rally outside the local Sarigoni gold mine and blocked a road, protesting the expulsion of a number of their colleagues from this mine. Reports indicate 14 miners were expelled and two locals protesting this decision were arrested by regime authorities. They are demanding the expelled miners be returned to their jobs and mine officials to stop their practice of hiring non-local miners at lower wages.

On Tuesday, employees of a rural area water company in Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran, held a rally protesting not receiving their wages and pensions related to the last Iranian calendar year (Mrach 2019 to March 2020). This gathering was held outside the Khuzestan Province Water and Sewage Department building in the provincial capital of Ahvaz.

In Tabriz, northwest Iran, one local sent a report on Tuesday saying: “Workers have been on strike for a week, protesting their very poor paychecks. Around 50 workers have been on strike. Prior to April 20, they had closed down all areas and everyone was ordered to remain indoors. These workers, however, had no choice but to go to work, from sunrise until dinner time. However, they can no longer tolerate these conditions. One of the workers said they will not return to work unless their wages are increased.”

 

 

A number of fishermen in Kish, southern Iran, held a rally outside the Kish Free Trade Area Organization protesting being deprived of their fair share of gasoline. One of these protesters said, “Unfortunately, it has been two months that we fishermen have not received any gasoline. We are tired of following up on this issue and local officials have not taken any action. They are also selling the gasoline they have at very high prices.”

On Tuesday, farmers who have suffered enormous damages from recent floods held a rally outside the regime’s governorate office demanding the promised compensation from the government for their harvests being destroyed. The farmers say, “Following the flood we were supposed to be compensated for our losses. However, to this day none of us have received anything.”

In Rasht, depositors of the Adine Trade Complex held a rally on Tuesday protesting their limbo status during the past few years. This gathering was held outside a regime-linked office and the protesting locals were demanding their savings returned.