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Iran: Seventh day of strikes by oil sector workers

Protests by oil workers in different Iranian cities — June 2021
Protests by oil workers in different Iranian cities — June 2021

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 25, 2021—Mass strikes by oil sector workers, which began on June 19, entered its seventh day on Friday. The strike, which is affecting one of the vital sectors of Iran’s economy, has been expanding in the past days, with a growing number of workers from different companies joining the movement every day.

In a statement, the striking workers declared, “We the contract workers of refineries, petrochemical companies, and powerplants, will resume our strike in protest to low wages, declining purchase power, and unkept promises [by authorities]. We will demand our rights by holding rallies in front of our working facilities.”

The protesters stressed that they will continue their strike and will further expand them if their demands are not met.

On Friday, the workers of Fajr company and Petropalayesh joined the oil workers in their strike.

On Thursday, the contract overhaul workers of phase 15 and 16 of South Pars oil fields joined the strike of the oil sector workers.

According to one of the workers of the Jahanpars Petrochemical company in Assaluyeh, “On Friday, workers who had been threatened with dismissal by their employers continued to join the campaign, even at the price of losing their job. Here, buses are parked in front of the workers’ dormitory in Shrino village, but none of the workers boarded the buses.”

The strike began on Saturday, June 19 by the contract workers of the Bid Khun powerplant, Bushehr province, and the contract welding workers of Bushehr Petrochemical Company. On Friday, the workers of the oil terminal in Khark Island and Sina Refinery in Qeshm Island.

On Monday, the workers of Exir Industry, Satrap Contractor company, and 400 workers of Phase 14 in Assaluyeh joined the strike.

On Tuesday, the workers of Asaluyeh’s Sadaf Petrochemical Company, Tehran’s Jahan Pars, South Pars Phase 14, and Tehran Refinery were on strike. These workers are demanding a raise in their wages, reduction of work hours, and payment of pending paychecks. The workers also demand better work conditions, the eviction of government-backed contractors that are getting huge cuts from the workers’ paychecks, and a ban on the arbitrary dismissal of workers. The workers are faced with safety, hygiene, and environmental problems, which they are demanding to be resolved.

Oil workers have been constantly protesting over their low salaries and poor working conditions.