Reported by PMOI/MEK
May 24, 2018 - The unprecedented nationwide strike launched by Iran’s truck drivers across the country entered its third day on Thursday.
Truck drivers are protesting poor living conditions and increasing commissions demanded by authorities. Thousands of truck drivers are refusing to transfer loads or accept new loads, as this movement is already sweeping 93 cities in 25 provinces throughout Iran.
Najaf Abad, Iran
A number of these cities include:
Mahabad, Bukan, Urmia and Salmas in West Azerbaijan Province; Tabriz and Marand in East Azerbaijan Province; Kangavar in Kermanshah Province; Dehgolan and Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province; Isfahan Shahreza, Mobarakeh, Zarrin Shahr, Lenjan, Mohammad Abad Ghahabad and Noguran, Najaf Abad, Kashan, Varzaneh and Naeen in Isfahan Province; Ivan in Ilam Province; Mashhad, Sabzevar, Torbat-e Jam, Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Fariman, Gonabad, Kariz Taybad, Neyshabur and Bojestan in Khorasan Razavi Province; Bojnurd, Jajarm, Garmeh and Shirvan in North Khorasan Province; Birjand in South Khorasan; Shahr-e Kord and Sefeed Dasht Borujen in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province; Baghmolk, Dezful, Abadan, Behbahan and Andimeshk in Khuzestan Province; Zanjan in Zanjan Province; Khash and Zabol in Sistan & Baluchistan Province; Shahroud in Semnan Province; Shiraz, Abadeh, Arsanjan, Marvdasht, Kavar, Jahrom, Sa’adat Shahr, Zarrin Dasht, Fasa and Bikdel in Fars Province; Qazvin and Zia Abad in Qazvin Province; Zarand, Bam, Rafsanjan, Sirjan, Kerman and Shahr-e Babak in Kerman Province; Gonbad Kavus in Golestan Province; Bandar Anzali in Gilan Province; Sari and Nowshahr in Mazandaran Province; Arak and Saveh in Markazi Province; Bandar Langeh and Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province; Hamedan in Hamedan Province; Ardokan and Mohammad Abad in Yazd Province, and Bushehr in Bushehr Province.
Darab on the third day of the strike - May 24th
Last week truck drivers staged a number of rallies protesting low wages and their jobs’ limbo status. These protesters have for years seen their problems continue without any resolve and no care provided for their needs.
These drivers are at times forced to wait up to 20 days for their next load. The regime’s Tax Organization has also been imposing new taxes even against these drivers.
Iranian regime officials have been attempting in some cities, including Isfahan, to increase the drivers’ wages in an attempt to separate their protesting ranks. The drivers, however, are refusing to budge on their demands.
In Bandar Anzali of Iran’s northern Gilan Province, authorities issued a statement claiming wages have been increased from 12 to 17 percent. The drivers, however, neglected this attempt by the authorities also.
Other reports indicate regime authorities have said wages will be increased by 20 percent, only to be rejected again by the drivers who are demanding a 50 percent increase in their wages.
On May 22nd, on the first day of the truck drivers’ strike, Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi hailed the protesting truck drivers’ perseverance and high spirits, while calling on all Iranians to show their support for this movement.