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Labor protests in five cities across Iran

Employees of the Kharadash Company on strike and protesting outside the local Labor Department branch in Naqadeh, northwest Iran – October 21, 2019
Employees of the Kharadash Company on strike and protesting outside the local Labor Department branch in Naqadeh, northwest Iran – October 21, 2019

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 22, 2019—Employees of the Kharadajh Company in the city of Naqadeh, northwest Iran, held a protest rally on Monday, October 21, launching a strike and demanding their paychecks that have been delayed for the past seven months. These workers then rallied outside the local mayor’s office.

It is worth noting that the workers of this company had also rallied outside the Naqadeh Labor Department, making their demands clear and insisting they will not back down.

Employees of the Kharadajh Company rallying outside the mayor’s office in Naqadeh, northwest Iran – October 21, 2019

Employees of the Kharadajh Company rallying outside the mayor’s office in Naqadeh, northwest Iran – October 21, 2019

 

In the city of Ahvaz, southwest Iran, more than 100 employees of the Communications Department held a rally outside the Khuzestan Province Central Communications Building protesting delays in their paychecks and pensions. As their numbers were increasing the protesters were chanting:

“[Officials] have shame, give us what is rightfully ours”

“No to living in shame!”

 

In Bandar Mahshahr, also in southwest Iran, employees of the Farabi petrochemical site launched a strike on Monday, protesting not receiving their already delayed paychecks and pensions.

 

In Mashhad, a large city in northeast Iran, over 100 workers of the Ferdowsi power plant project have not received their paychecks for the past few months. Whereas, the Mapna company, the firm presiding over the entire project, has payed all its due debt to the contracting company and there should no roadblocks in the process of providing the workers’ their due paychecks.

 

In Shush, southwest Iran, employees of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company continued their rallies and strike, protesting the expulsion of their colleagues, lack of job security, and demanding the cancellation of “privatization” plans by company officials.

 

The Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement on the recent protests by Azarab factory workers in the city of Arak, western Iran.

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, workers at Azarab factory in the city of Arak (central Iran) continued their demonstrations for the 12th day running despite repeated threats and suppressive measures by the regime.

Protesting about the lack of response to their just demands, the enraged workers blocked Tehran-Ahvaz railway.

The suppressive forces attacked the protesting workers, fired teargas to disperse them and arrested a number of the workers.

Since the start of the new round of protests by Azarab workers, a number of them have been summoned and threatened by the intelligence and security agencies.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the courageous and resilient workers of Azarab and urged the people of Arak, especially the defiant youths, to rise in support of the protesting workers. She urged the International Labor Organization, labor syndicates and unions as well as all advocates of workers’ rights to condemn the anti-labor policies of the mullahs’ regime and support the rights of Iranian workers.

 

 

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