Organizing Labor’s Detached Struggles, Independent Class Action and an Extensive Unity in Action, are Workers’ and Existing Syndicate Movement’s Urgent Responsibilities in Current Era!
Selection of Board of Ministers and introduction of Ali Rabieih as Minister of Labor; and following that, reformists’ support of Rabieih and other Ministers with similar backgrounds and résumé; along with Hassan Rouhani’s emphasis on continuation of the economic liberalization program, and his emphasis on capital’s security as the central axis of the Islamic Republic’s development program; also intensification of repression of labor-syndicate movement activists and the deceitful maneuvers of the twelfth government’s Ministry of Labor; has been the main events, especially in relation to our country’s workers’ and toilers’ struggles, during the last few weeks.
strike for unpaid wages
Privatization of production plants and our country’s national resources, deregulation in work environment and work relations, and implementation of the anti-national “Targeting of the Subsidies” law for liberalization of prices, have had devastating effects on toilers’ living conditions and job security. Millions of workers without jobs; wages of workers with jobs, not being paid for months; and devastation of workers’ job security; are catastrophic effects of implementation of privatization and imposition of “unregulated Market” work-relation, on labor.
Workers’ struggle against low wages and hard work conditions
Confirmation of Inhumane Flogging Verdict against Workers and Cleansing of the Judicial Branch
August 22, 2017 – Recently Chair of the Labor Commission of the parliament read the results of investigation of treatment of the workers in Ag-Dareh village in Tekab. The report indicates, “The Judicial Branch has been oppressed in this matter; because widespread propaganda of the internal and external anti-revolutionary forces portrayed that the flogging of workers took place in open, and on top of a truck; however,
Struggle for Elevation of Level of the Labor-Syndicate Movement’s Organization and Solidarity
United fight for independent Unions!
During the recent months, labor’s struggle in our country against the privatization program has intensified; and it has involved some important industrial centers such as the Tabriz Auto Manufacturing plant, Ahwaz Steal production plants, technical sections of the Iranian National Railway Company, electricity industry and different sections of the oil and gas industry, and petrochemical plants.
Strike is a workers’ right
With implementation of the economic policies dictated by imperialist organizations of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for liberalization of the economy, in addition to unparalleled attacks on workers’ wages, living standards and conditions and their job security, by implementing the so called “Internship and Skill-Learning” plans and the government’s plans for privatization of workers’ means and financial resources in the Social Security Organization, the theocratic regime has initiated a devastating attack on toilers’ savings in the Social Security Organization..
Demanding Forced and Signed Agreement from Workers is Illegal and against Workers’ Syndicate Rights
July 26, 2017 – After signing an agreement, five of the fifteen workers detained during the Haft-Tapeh Sugar Cane Complex workers’ protests, workers detained for demanding their unpaid wages, were released. On the evening of July 25th, after signing an agreement, the five detained workers were released.
struggle for minimum wage
In advancing the regime’s general policies for preparation of cheap and obedient work-force for internal big capitalists and to attract foreign investments, meaning advancing Supreme Leader’s austerity Resistance Economy, all Islamic Republic political factions are in agreement. In addition to Rouhani government’s efforts to use Ahmadinejad
Yellow Government Made Organizations Do Not Represent Iranian Toilers
Yellow Unions in Iran and ILO
The 106th session of the International Labor Organization meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The International Labor Organization is one of the organizations under the auspices of the United Nations. In the recent meeting of this international organization, issues such as: “Labor migration, work and job creation, peace and flexibility and review of the suggested convention 71 for jobs, basic principles of work through the International Labor Organization’s statement regarding social justice in globalization era” were included, where serious discussions with class positions took place.
Continuation of the Nishakar-Haft-Tapeh Complex Workers’ Strike
Sugar Cane workers-Iran
June 21, 2017 – With continuation of the Nishakar-Haft-Tapeh Complex workers’ protest, security agents prevented 30 of the Complex workers from entering the factory. Using the justification that the 30 dismissed workers were leading the workers’ protests, the employer has prevented the workers from entering the factory. The 30 workers who were prevented from entering the factory, each have between 18 to 22 years of job experience at the factory. Since the employer had not responded to the workers’ demands, all striking workers decided to stop the production.
سندیکا حق مسلم کارگران ایران است
Presidential election show which was prepared and organized in advance has now been concluded. Once again, and this time more clearer than before, the presidential election propaganda campaign revealed the nature of the anti-labor policies and actions of the leaders and representatives of the theocratic regime.
خصوصی سازی صنایع در ایران و امنیت شغلی کارگران
Implementation of economic policies dictated by imperialist organizations of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for liberalization of economy, meaning privatization of toilers’ national wealth and deregulation of work relations and work environment for lowering the cost of the work-force, started during the government of Hashemi Rafsanjani. But more brutal application of these policies started with implementation of the anti-national “Targeting of the Subsidies” Law during the hated government of Ahmadinejad, and are advanced with much rapid pace by Rouhani’s “Prudence and Hope” government. In other words, liberalization of economy with the goal of attracting imperialist investments and linking the country’s economy with the international capitalist economy to secure continuation of “the system”, is a joint decision of “the system”.
Scam Elections, Reform of the Labor Law Bill and Toilers’ Interests
United workers prevail!
May 16, 2017 – Deputy Minster of Labor indicated: The current Labor Law must change. The first step in the process is reform of the Labor Law; and at the final stage, the Law must be changed. Labor organizations are not necessarily needed in the Labor Law; at present we have several organizations which are playing the roles. All over the world, in spite of existence of organization, peoples’ worries and criticisms do exist; it leads to demonstrations and strikes. Therefore, thinking that only existence of organizations, will resolve the problem, is not correct.
In Honor of the May Day
An Assessment of Working Class’ and Toilers’ Struggle during the Last year
روز جهانی کارگر ۱۳۹۶
In its struggle and resistance against theocratic regime’s anti-labor policies, our country’s labor – syndicate movement brought another year to a close. During the last year, the struggle for attainment of urgent demands such as fair wage increases on the basis of real inflation rate and worker families’ cost of living, elimination of temporary contracts, struggle against “reform of the Labor Law” bill, timely payment of wages and widespread opposition to programs such as liberalization of the economy (Targeting of the Subsidies), privatization and deregulation, has had a wider dimension than before; consequently, more than before, it has left an increased social, class and political effect.
In Honor of the May Day
Happy May Day 2017
Implementation of the “Targeting of the Subsidies” Law, meaning liberalization of the economy, has up to now had serious detrimental consequences, especially for the working class and its purchasing-power. Concerning implementation of the economic programs dictated by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, all factions of the regime are in complete agreement; for instance, during implementation of the second phase of the “Targeting of the Subsidies” Law and in response to a reporter’s question who asked, “Is seventy percent increase [in energy prices] gradual?”, Rouhani responded, “Implementation of the Subsidies Law is the system’s decision not the government’s”[April 28, 2014]. Several times Ahmadinejad and Rouhani have been
What Does the Plan for “Improvement of Production and Employment” Mean?
struggle for minimum wage
April 19, 2017 – Deputy to Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance recently said, “To improve production and employment, country’s system of social security needs to be reformed as well…This system has to be such that, employer’s interests… are protected; because, workers’ and employers’ interests are entangled and are not separate; stronger private companies need to be formed; and to be able to attract investors, we must have enough of flexibility in the job market.”
Grand Labor Council’s Decree Regarding the Minimum-Wage is Imposition of Poverty on Workers
Wage Increase and workers
For added exploitation of workers and liberalization of wage to attract imperialist capital and insure continuation of its rule, once again the theocratic regime imposed a wage less than the real inflation rate and lower than the cost of living to our country’s workers. By attending regime’s theatrical wage determination meetings, once again leaders of the government made yellow organizations showed their complete collaboration with regime’s exploitation of the workers and regime’s plan to create an obedient and cheap work-force for imperialist monopolies.
Decline of Toilers’ Purchasing Power
March 16, 2017 – Between the years of 2014 and 2017, during the four years, the value of one million Tomans ($250, one Dollar is approximately 4000 Iranian Tomans) has dropped to 450 thousand Tomans ($112.50); and this means reduction in half of the people’s [especially toilers’] purchasing power during the recent years.
Struggle for Increases in Wages and Elimination of Temporary Contracts is Inseparable from the Struggle against Regime’s Economic Programs!
Worker’s Syndicate Movement
With the approaching of the time for announcement of the coming year’s minimum-wage for workers and toilers covered by the Labor Law, protests against the reduction level of wages, and consequently, diminishing workers’ purchasing-power, has increased across the country. Statistics show that, during more than the recent two decades, very deep gap has been generated between the workers’ wages and their living expenses.
Workers struggle in Iran
With expansion of the people’s protests in the recent years, the theocratic regime considers continuation of its rule dependant on attracting investments of international monopolies and linking the country’s economy with the international capitalism. Reducing the workers’ wages in this process and providing large sums of profits to internal parasitic capitalism and the imperialist monopolies, has become the regime’s priority.
Workers’ Wages in Islamic Republic
February 27, 2016 – Regarding Iranian workers’ minimum wage, recently Chair of the Islamic Republic Parliament’s Social Commission said, “In big cities this wage cannot even cover the cost of transportation.” About three months ago, ILNA News Agency wrote, “More than 70 percent of the workers receive the minimum-wage, which is 812 thousand Tomans per month [$206, one Dollar is approximately 3950 Tomans]”. In his interview, Chair of the Parliament’s Social Commission added, “I believe the cost of living of a medium size family residing in cities cannot be less than 4 million Tomans a month” [$۱,۰۱۳].
Fair, single and National Wage Is Our Country’s Workers’ Demand!
With the time for determining workers’ ۲۰۱۷ minimum wage approaching, concurrent with widespread attacks of all Islamic Republic ruling factions on workers’ wages, job security, and fundamental rights by the inhumane “reform of the Labor Law” Bill, the theocratic regime is utilizing all plans specific to itself for “liberalization” of the workers’ wages to attract imperialist’s capital and insure continuation of its rule. Even if under pressure and dissatisfaction of the working class, it has been announced that, “consideration of the Regional Wage for 2017 has been precluded” [ILNA News Agency, January 18, 2017], but due to the importance of the issue and to expose regime’s ploys, contents of the issue will be discussed.
Tragic Consequences of Deregulation, Insuring Capital’s Security and Violation of Toilers’ Rights
The Bill for Denial of Labor Law Protections to Plants with Less Than Ten Employees Must Be Repealed!
Workers’ and Toilers’ Demands Subsequent to Plasco Building Tragedy!
Plasco Building Fire Tehran
The fire calamity and collapse of the Plasco building has had widespread coverage in Iran and throughout the world. Because of the tragic accident, tens of firefighters and workers employed in the clothing and weaving trade were killed or injured.
All hundred percent of the production plants in Plasco Complex were involved in internal clothing production; and the medium value of materials in each production plant was about 200 million Tomans ($54,000; one Dollar is approximately 3700 Tomans). Therefore, in the Plasco accident, workers employed in the clothing industry and the internal clothing producers suffered major damage and losses; and producers and owners of the small businesses of the country experienced a major damage. Therefore, the national production and national clothing industry had a serious and hardly-repairable destruction.
A Reflection on Islamic Republic’s Reasons for Joining the International Labor Organization’s Tripartite Consultation Convention (No. 144)
Islamic Republic’s joining the International Labor Organization’s Tripartite Consultation Convention (No. 144) has recently been the regime’s top propaganda item. The Ministry of Labor’s Center for Information and Public Relations has announced: With Deputy Minister of Labor, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and members of the Grand Labor Council in attendance, the two-hundred fifty-eight meeting of the Grand Labor Council met; and after discussing the International Labor Organization’s Tripartite Consultation Convention (No. 144) matter, Islamic Republic’s joining this Convention was confirmed and ratified.
Refusal to Enforce Safety Regulations in Small Production Plants
Iran Workers struggle
January 19, 2017 – In the name of economic growth, employers in Iranian’s small production plants are not implementing safety regulations completely. In the name of preventing disruption of operation of small production plants, regulating laws are not being implemented. Limitations put on the Labor and Social Security office inspectors from entering small production plants, is an example. Since implementation of the structural reform policies, such attitudes have dominated economic policies used in the country. [The firefighters in the Plasco accident are victims of the policy favoring huge profits in expense of workers’ rights.]
In addition to attempts for imposing the inhumane “reform of the Labor Law” bill to our country’s working class, to attain cheap and obedient slaves for internal parasitic capital and imperialist capitals by using the “Master-Learner Program” of the detested Ahmadinejad, the autocratic regime is using all ploys, special to the regime, for “liberalization” of the wages.
Struggle for Increases in Minimum Wage Is Closely Tied to the Organized Struggle against Reform of the Labor Law!
Rouhani government Ministry of Labor’s “reform of the Labor Law” bill, which has been set at the top of their strategic plans, is the central concern of our country’s labor-syndicate movement. Opposition and struggle against this anti-labor bill, in spite of regime’s calculated maneuvers, such as, Parliament’s Social Commission sending the bill back to the government, is seriously and in a widespread form taking place. Attack on Vahed Company bus drivers in the recent weeks and use of intimidation and subornation against syndicate activists, reflects Islamic Republic’s fear of spreading labor protests in the present time.