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Happy May Day, International Workers’ Day, to Iranian workers

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International Labor Day March
International Labor Day March
Time for an uprising by workers and toilers to overthrow mullahs’ tyranny and establish freedom and social justice
Iranian workers and toilers who have stood up to the anti-labor tyranny ruling Iran are congratulated on the occasion of May 1, May Day, the International Worker’s Day.
The plunder and looting carried out by the anti-human and anti-Iranian regime of velayat-e faqih and its corrupt and criminal leaders during the past 36 years and the cruelty and tyranny they have imposed on Iranian workers and toilers is unprecedented in contemporary history.
Mullahs’ anti-democratic policies have turned the workers and toilers poorer by the day and have intensified their exploitation and increased the number of unemployed. This regime and its leaders have used the work of laborers and Iranian people’s wealth for the purpose of suppression, for anti-nationalistic nuclear projects, and for spilling the blood of the deprived people of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, or have plundered this wealth in billions of dollars.
Among the consequences of this policy is rampant unemployment. According to state statistics, the work force is 64 million1 and the active population is 41 million with 1.2 million additional work force entering the market annually.2 However, according to official statistics, the number of those employed stands at 21 million. In other words, over half of the active population is jobless. But through stupid fixing of the statistics, the regime announces the work force at less than 24 million and the unemployment at 10%. In this number-fixing, anyone who works for a few hours a week is considered employed and is no longer regarded as unemployed! The real number of employed is much less than 21 million. According to the Minister of Labor, 31% of the unemployed are university graduates and according to the head of regime’s Statistic Center, unemployment among the youth is 21%. 3
The closing down of the factories and production units continues and adds to the large number of unemployed. Sahlabadi, head of Chamber of Industry, Mines and Trade stated: Only “40% of country’s industrial and production units are working. ”4 Just in the past year, 38 cotton cleaning factories closed down with the land used for production of cotton in Golestan Province dwindling by a large percentage. The land used to grow cotton in this province dropped from 180,000 hectares to 10,000 hectares.5 Head of the Tea Farmers Union in the country said: “Much of the land to grow tea has been abandoned and turned into jungle with the tea industry about to be destroyed.6
According to the Central Bank report, from March 2013 to March 2014 (Persian year 1392), “the wages of over 10 million laborers have always increased at a percentage less than the inflation rate”. According to state statistics, during the years 2003 to 2012, the number of people under “poverty-line” has increased 150%7 albeit the fact that during this period, Iran’s oil revenues have multiplied several fold and according to article 41 of regime’s Labor Law, “the minimum wage for workers… should be enough to support a family”.
Hassan Hefdahtan, Rouhani’s Deputy Minister of Labor, stated in a shocking admission that “between 1997 and 2011, the percentage of cost of the wages in the total cost of production has plummeted from 13% to 5%”8. In other words, the extent of exploitation has multiplied by 2.5. Next year, he stated that “the purchasing power of workers in the past 10 years has been reduced to a third.”9
In the mullahs’ regime, workers lack the least legal protection and employers who are mostly regime’s officials and revolutionary guards, have no restrictions in firing them from their jobs or aggressing against their rights. “According to the Ministry of Labor statistics, only 7% of the workers are employed with ‘official contracts’ and 93% are working based on temporary contracts.”10 The great majority of Iranian workers are working in workshops with less than 10 laborers and thus they are not covered by the Labor Laws.
Moreover, safety rules for workers are not observed. In 2013 alone, more than three thousand workers lost their lives to accidents.11 Every week nearly 40 workers die in work related accidents.12 One million construction workers do not have social security insurances.13 Most of them work in the IRGC construction and dam building companies and most of the work related injuries are related to these workers.
In such circumstances, according to government reports, some young people, including girls, want to sell their kidneys… due to unemployment or debt. In 2010, 1690 kidney transplants were performed from cases who volunteered to sell their kidneys. The price of kidney in unofficial market reaches even 10 million toman.14 In Tehran’s Darvazeh-Ghar District, "children are traded anywhere from 100,000 toman to five million toman”.15 Three million children are deprived of schooling due to poverty.16 The state media have reported that "the gap between social strata in Iran has increased 30 fold" and "Iran has the largest class differences in the world.”17 The situation is so dire that the American and Arab media write about the huge wealth of a small minority in Iran with great awe. The $500 billion in oil revenues over five years has had an important role in the development of this phenomenon.18 According to regime’s own media, there are people who are living in legendary palaces and houses.19
This legendary wealth and this unprecedented poverty is caused by the theft, corruption and bribery in the mullahs’ regime in which all regime’s leaders are involved. Khamenei, the chief crook, is the criminal leader of this regime who controls the “Executive Committee of Imam’s Order” worth $95 billion. The assets of this financial empire are obtained through confiscation of properties of millions of Iranian citizens, including families of PMOI and their supporters, as well as other dissidents and religious minorities. In addition, a large section of the vital arteries of country’s economy is in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and such foundations as the Foundation of the Oppressed that is under Khamenei’s direct control and exempt of taxes, like all other property affiliated with him.

Heroic workers!
Honorable and noble toilers of Iran!
In 2014, through thousands of strikes and protests you showed that you have arisen to end the suffering of the large majority of the Iranian people. All this pain and suffering is caused by the anti-human regime of the mullahs that has employed all of Iran’s national wealth and all your toil in order to buttress its shameful rule and survive.
As long as they are in power, our people and especially the workers and toilers become poorer every day and their pain and suffering grows. While with each passing day the regime’s cart of exporting terrorism to Yemen, Syria and Iraq plunges deeper aground and its nuclear projects that were supposed to rescue this regime have become its noose, the regime is on its way to its demise.
Thus, the time for the realization of the will of the Iranian people, i.e. the overthrow of this regime, and for the uprising of the workers, toilers and the youth to eradicate mullahs’ oppression and tyranny and their astronomical plundering, and for establishment of freedom, democracy and social justice, has come.

Labor Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 29, 2015

1- Khabar online, affiliated to Larijani, October 27, 2014
2- Ali Rabiee, Rouhani’s Minister of Labor and former Deputy Minister of Intelligence, Ebtekar daily, January 19, 2015
3- Ebtekar daily, January 17, 2015
4- Etemad daily, July 7, 2014
5- Tasneem News Agency, April 2, 2014
6- Fars News Agency, February 18, 2015
7- Tabnak Website, April 9, 2014
8- ILNA News Agency, March 2, 2014
9- Abrar daily, January 17, 2015
10- ILNA News Agency, August 30, 2014
11- Etemad daily, February 23, 2014
12- Kar va Kargar daily, February 16, 2015
13- Kar va Kargar daily, January 25, 2015
14- Mardom Salari daily, July 10, 2011
15- Etemad daily, February 18, 2014
16- Siasate Rouz daily, April 15, 2014
17- Mardom Salari daily, March 9, 2014
18- Washington Post, August 6, 2011; Asharq al-Awsat, August 7, 2011
19- The most super luxury penthouse in Tehran was built in Farmaniyeh District. 1300 sq. meters, 2000 sq. meter balcony with pool, gym, 6 elevators, gazebo, theatre, pool game room, etc., for the price of 25 million toman per sq. meter (Qods daily - July 27, 2011)

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