Labor Syndicate Rights; Economic Programs and “Reform of the Labor Law” Bill

struggle for minimum wage

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

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The International Labor Organization Meeting and Our Country’s Workers’ Labor Syndicate Rights

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.

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Continuation of the Nishakar-Haft-Tapeh Complex Workers’ Strike

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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.  

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Intensification of Struggle for Restoration of Syndicate Rights is Our Urgent Responsibility

 

سندیکا حق مسلم کارگران ایران است

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.

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Consequences of Privatization; Destruction of Job Security and Toilers’ Poverty

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”.

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Scam Elections, Reform of the Labor Law Bill and Toilers’ Interests

United workers prevail!

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.   

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Responsibilities of Labor and Syndicate Movement in the Current Era

In Honor of the May Day

An Assessment of Working Class’ and Toilers’ Struggle during the Last year

روز جهانی کارگر ۱۳۹۶

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.

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Economic Liberalization and Toilers’ Wages

In Honor of the May Day

 Happy May Day 2017

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

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What Does the Plan for “Improvement of Production and Employment” Mean?

struggle for minimum wage

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.”

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Determination of Minimum-Wage; Wage-Income Gap is Becoming Deeper

Grand Labor Council’s Decree Regarding the Minimum-Wage is Imposition of Poverty on Workers

 

حقوق زنان

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.

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Decline of Toilers’ Purchasing Power

Reform of the Wage System

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.

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Worker’s Syndicate Movement and Organizing the Struggle for Attainment of Urgent Demands

Struggle for Increases in Wages and Elimination of Temporary Contracts is Inseparable from the Struggle against Regime’s Economic Programs!

 

Worker’s Syndicate Movement

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.

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Determination of the Minimum Wage and the Internship Plan

Workers struggle in Iran

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.

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Workers’ Wages in Islamic Republic

Reform of the Wage System

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].

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Islamic Republic’s Plan for Liberalization of the Wages

Fair, single and National Wage Is Our Country’s Workers’ Demand!

دستمزدها ۱۳۹۵

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.  

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Etehad Kargar; Exclusive for the Plasco Building Fire Tragedy:

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.

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 Organized Struggle Is the Sole Warranty for Attaining Working Class Syndicate Rights

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.

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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.]

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Wage Reduction, Reform of the Labor Law and Next Year’s Wage Determination

Reform of the Wage System

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.

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Strengthening Struggle against Reform of the Labor Law Is the Urgent Responsibility of Our Country’s Labor Syndicate Movement

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.       

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Oil Industry Workers’ Struggle against Temporary Contracts

امنیت شغلی کارگران و سیاست خصوصی سازی

December 21, 2016 – Regarding Oil Industry’s new policy for employees of the Industry, Beijan Janganeh, Minister of Oil said, “We don’t have a new policy; we are just trying to improve the condition of those who work with temporary contracts.” Oil Industry workers are protesting against exclusion of Oil Industry retirees from the Sixth Development Program and demanding official and permanent contracts for workers.

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“Reform of the Labor Law” Bill and the Role of the Yellow Government Made Organizations

Workers’ House Activities is Serving Interests of the System!

 

Plan for Reforming the Labor Law

Union is our Rights

 

Rouhani government’s forwarding “reform of the Labor Law” bill to the Islamic Republic’s Parliament, has had a widespread reaction within the political and media organizations and also from the existing labor and syndicate movement of our country. This bill has generated protests and dissatisfaction among workers and for that reason, to prevent widening of protests and isolation of the yellow government made organizations, with deception, the regime has announced that the “reform of the Labor Law” bill will be submitted to the Ministry of Labor, and after review, for presentation again, it will be returned to the Parliament.  

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“Targeting of the Subsidies” and “Reform of the Labor Law” Bill, Regime’s Strategy for Liberalization of the Economy

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The anti-labor “reform of the Labor Law” bill, which was prepared by regime’s 2009 coup-d’etat government, meaning the detested Ahmadinejad government, and once again was presented to the Parliament by Rouhani’s “Prudence and Hope” government, is regime’s extremely reactionary plan for “liberalization” of the workers’ wage and work-relations. This plan is an inseparable part of the regime’s designs for expansion of the “Free and Especial Economic Zones” for elimination of the Labor Law, its intension for “merging of the Social Security Organization’s medical resources with those of the Ministry of Health” for plunder of workers’ belongings and expansion of private insurance companies, and implementation of the anti-national “Targeting of the Subsidies” Law for “liberalization” of the prices. With the “reform of the Labor Law” bill, the

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United workers prevail!

United workers prevail!

Economic Liberalization, Increase in Electricity Prices and Devastation of Working Class Job Security

 

November 24, 2016 – By 20 percent increase in the cost of electricity for industry, the government pulled the trigger on forehead … for closing of even more small and medium size production plants. Daily added pressures on industry through such increases in prices will cause closing of even more of the existing production plants as well. With these added pressures… more workers will lose their jobs, and will have difficulty in providing for their families.

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A Reflection on Struggle against Reform of the Labor Law and Its Solutions

Workers struggle in Iran

Workers struggle in Iran

In a coordinated effort with the regime’s parliament and complete knowledge of the government made yellow organizations, the so called “labor organizations”, for review and approval, about four months ago, Islamic Republic’s “Prudent and Hope” government presented an extremely anti-labor “reform of the Labor Law” bill, which was prepared by the Ahmadinejad government, to parliament. Even if during more than three decades, with continual assaults, different Islamic Republic governments have eliminated most of the Labor Law’s protective articles, the current bill for the so called “reform of the Labor Law”, intends to turn workers to obedient and cheap slaves. Believing on its repressive might, Islamic Republic’s goal is “legalization” of repression and inhumane aggression against workers’ rights and class interests, so that it can create a haven to imperialist capital and insure its own continued rule.

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Liberalization of Economy and Reform of the Labor Law Bill

Labor Syndicate’s Unity in Action is the Current Moment’s Urgent Responsibility

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During the recent weeks and following workers’ and toilers’ dissatisfaction with reform of the Labor Law bill, the regime attempted a calculated maneuver. Chair of the parliament’s Social Commission announced, “For now review of reform of the Labor Law is being removed from the Social Commission of the parliament’s agenda…On this basis, it was decided that a consultation meeting with representatives of the Grand Labor Organizations [government made yellow organizations] in the Grand Labor Council be organized so that review of reform of the Labor Law in presence of social partners could take place.” 

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