Democratic Republic of Iran جمهوری دموکراتیک ایران

The Only Way Forward

پخش اعلامیه و سی دی توسط کارگران سیز ذوب آهن اصفهان به مناسبت ۱۱ اردیبهشت روز کارگر / Steel workers in Isfahan distribute leaflets and CD’s for May Day 2011

 

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در حمایت از خواسته های کارگران غیور این مرز و بوم، از همراهی و همدلی با آنان دریغ نورزید / Green Movement urges support for Iran workers

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ندای سبز آزادی: شورای هماهنگی راه سبز امید، بیانیه ای در گرامی داشت روز جهانی کارگر صادر کرد.

در گوشه ای از این بیانیه آمده است « دولت بجای خصوصی سازی، دست به اختصاصی سازی زده و شرکت ها و بنگاه های اقتصادی دولتی به ثمن بخس در اختیار نهادهای شبه دولتی و نظامی قرار داده می شود تا با تمرکز قدرت و ثروت در دستان آنان، یکه سالاری خود را تداوم بخشد. امروزه شاهدیم که به دنبال این سیاست های از بنیان غلط، هزاران کارگر از کار بیکار شده اند. »

شورای همانگی راه سبز امید در ادامه از رسانه ها و شبکه های اجتماعی در خواست کرده است تا از خواست های کارگران حمایت کرده و در این راه همدل و همراه آنها باشند، شورا در این مورد نوشته است « شورای هماهنگی راه سبز امید از همه رسانه ها و شبکه های اجتماعی درخواست می کند با توجه به مشکلات اقتصادی و خواسته ها و مطالبات کارگران و زحمتکشان و در شرایطی که حاکمیت اجازه طرح هیچگونه انتقادی به این شرایط را بر نمی تابد، در بازتاب مصائب غم انگیزی که هر روز زندگی را بر اقشار مختلف مردم دشوارتر می کند همت گمارند. این شورا با تأکید بر حق مسلم کارگران برای طرح مطالبات و حمایت کامل از برگزاری راهپیمایی و تجمع آنان به رسم همه ساله، از همة همراهان و تلاشگران این جنبش فراگیر مردمی می خواهد تا در حمایت از خواسته های کارگران غیور این مرز و بوم، از همراهی و همدلی با آنان دریغ نورزند. »

متن کامل این بیانیه که نسخه ای از آن در اختیار ندای سبز آزادی قرار گرفته است به شرح ذیل است:

بسم الله الرّحمن الرّحیم
امسال در حالی به استقبال بزرگداشت روز کارگر می رویم که دو نماد پایداری جنبش سبز مردم ایران به همراه همسران همدل و همراهشان در حصر و حبس قرار دارند. دو سال پیش در چنین روزهایی، عزم امواج میلیونی شهروندان، می رفت تا سرنوشت کشور را از دست ناکارآمدانی که جز به بقای خود در قدرت به هر قیمت ممکن نمی اندیشند و استفاده از هر وسیله ای را برای رسیدن به اهداف خود مباح می دانند، بگیرد و صالحانی توانمند بر جای آنان بنشاند. آن روزها که اقتدارگرایان فریبکار بر طبل های میان تهی تبلیغاتی خود می کوبیدند و با وعده های پوچ و دست نایافتنی که به مردمان می دادند رأی می خریدند، کروبی و موسوی از دغل کاری فرصت طلبانه دولتیان پرده برداشتند و ناکارآمدی آن را عیان کردند و جوانان هوشمند و هوشیار سبز این مرز و بوم، نشان «دروغ ممنوع» را در کوی و برزن برافراشتند تا مبادا دروغ گویان بار دیگر بر سرنوشت مردمان رنج کشیده این دیار حاکم شوند. از جمله نگرانی‌هایی كه دو سال پیش از این مردم را به تجدید نظر در كناره‌ گیری از سیاست کشانید خطرات بلندمدتی بود كه معیشت محروم‌ترین اقشار جامعه را تهدید می‌كرد. اما به زودی معلوم شد كه بدون بازسازی خلل‌های ایجاد شده در نظام سیاسی كشور سخن گفتن از بازسازی اقتصادی ممكن نیست، همچنان‌كه بدون بازسازی اخلاقی جامعه، بدون به كرسی نشاندن شعار و شعور دروغ ممنوع، بدون نهادینه كردن رعایت امانت، بدون پایبندی به عهدهای انسانی و ایمانی و میثاق‌های ملی، بدون رو كردن به چهره رحمانی اسلام، بدون به رسمیت شناختن حقوق متفاوت انسان‌ها و …ممكن نیست و چنین شد که اکثریت ایرانیانی که از فریبکاری دولتیان خسته شده بودند، ندای آنان را شنیدند و با حضور در پای صندوق های رأی، به دولت دروغ «نه» گفتند. افسوس که اقتدارگران، رأی آنان را همچون سرمایه های دیگرشان دزدید وخس و خاشاکشان نامید، به گمان این که می توان با تکیه بر زر و زور و تزویر، کشور را اداره کرد.
اگر در آن زمان کسانی بودند که هنوز فریبکاری دولتیان را باور نمی کردند، امروزه کوس رسوایی دولت دروغ بر سر هر کوی و برزن، چنان بلند نواخته شده که نه کشاورز و دامدار و نه کارگر و کارمند، که در هر گوشه و کنار کشوری که با وجود داشتن عظیم ترین ذخایر زیرزمینی و سرمایه های انسانی، فقر و فلاکت از آن می بارد زندگی می کنند، دیگر وعده های توخالی آنان را باور نمی کنند. زحمتکشان این سرزمین دیدند که مشکل مسکن و بیکاری نه تنها از میان نرفت، که افزایش یافت و پرداخت سهام عدالت و یارانه ها، اگر دوام هم داشته باشد، دردی دوا نکرده است. مردمان این دیار دیدند که نه تنها پول نفت بر سر سفره هایشان نیامد، بلکه سفره هایشان روز به روز کوچک تر شد. کارگرانی که با تلاش بسیار سعی می کردند آینده بهتری برای فرزندانشان فراهم کنند، امروز در برآوردن نیازهای اولیه آنان درمانده اند. اعتراض ها و اعتصاب های کارگری، علیرغم برخوردهای خشونت بار،هر روز در گوشه و کنار کشور رخ می دهند. اقتصاد صدقه ای که منتقدان دولت نسبت به عوارض زیان آور و خفت بار آن هشدار داده بودند، این روزها، امید کارگران و کارفرمایان را نومید کرده و چرخ های صنعت را به سکون کشانده است. درآمد سرشار فروش نفت که طی شش سال گذشته بالغ بر پانصد میلیارد دلار یعنی معادل تمام دوران فروش نفت در دورة پیش از آن بوده، و امانت بزرگ نسل ها در دست دولتیان است و کاهش وابستگی به آن از اهداف بارز مبارزات چند دهه اخیر ملت ما بوده، صرف واردات بی رویه کالاهای نامرغوب می شود؛ گویی هدف این انقلاب بزرگ صرفا عدم وابستگی از یک ابرقدرت و وابسته شدن به ابرقدرتی دیگر بوده است!
کارگران شریف ما با پوست و گوشت خود شرایط وخیم اقتصادی کشور را احساس می کنند و بی پایگی آماری که دولت در مورد بهبود شرایط اقتصاری اعلان می کند قبل از هر قشر و گروه اجتماعی دیگری برایشان قابل درک است. اما بد نیست با استناد به گزارش های رسمی سازمان های مانند بانک مرکزی، مرکز آمار ایران و صندوق بین المللی پول، دروغ بزرگ ایجاد 6/1 میلیون شغل در سال 89 و 5/2 میلیون شغل در سال جاری را به نمایش بگذاریم:
همه می دانیم که رشد اقتصاری و رشد سرمایه گذاری و ایجاد اشتغال لازم و ملزوم یکدیگرند. به همین جهت در برنامه چهارم توسعه برای ایجاد 850 هزار شغل در سال، رشد اقتصادی سالانه 8 در صد و رشد سرمایه گذاری  4/12 در صد در نظر گرفته شد. اما اکنون به موجب آمارهایی که از نیمه دوم سال 87 اعلان آنها توسط بانکمرکزی ممنوع شده اما توسط صندوق بین الملل پول منتشر شده، رشد اقتصادی سه سال اخیر ایران بطور متوسط 7/0 در صد بوده و در سال جاری به صفر خواهد رسید. نرخ رشد سرمایه گذاری نیز از حدود 4 در صد فراتر نخواهد رفت. طبیعی است در چنین شرایطی نه تنها 850 هزار فرصت شغلی سالیانه برنامه چهارم تحقق نیافته بلکه با افزایش آمار بیکاران مواجه شده ایم. آیا می توان تصور کرد که به عنوان مثال در یک واحد تولیدی که سرمایه گذاری جدید در آن نشده و فروش و درآمد آن نیز افزایش نیافته، مدیر آن به استخدام کارکنان جدید دست بزند؟
واقعیت اینست که «نظامی سازی» اقتصاد و سیاست در سال های اخیر، اقتصاد ایران را زمین گیر کرده است. به موجب گزارش سازمان خصوصی سازی، از 68 هزار میلیارد تومان واحد های واگذار شده از سال 84 تا 15 تیر 89 ، فقط 22هزار میلیارد تومان به بخش خصوصی رسیده است که بسیاری از آنها نیز رانت جویان وفا دار به دولت هستند و نه کارآفرین. درآمد 430 میلیارد دلاری ارزی سال های 84 لغایت 88 نیزبه جای سرمایه گزاریهای زیربنایی و ایجاد شغل، صرف واردات افسار گسیخته و بالمال نابودی تولید داخلی گردید.
دولت بجای خصوصی سازی، دست به اختصاصی سازی زده و شرکت ها و بنگاه های اقتصادی دولتی به ثمن بخس در اختیار نهادهای شبه دولتی و نظامی قرار داده می شود تا با تمرکز قدرت و ثروت در دستان آنان، یکه سالاری خود را تداوم بخشد. امروزه شاهدیم که به دنبال این سیاست های از بنیان غلط، هزاران کارگر از کار بیکار شده اند. طرح های بزرگ زیربنایی همانند منطقه عسلویه که می رفت تا با ایجاد هزاران فرصت شغلی در سال در حل این معضل بزرگ و ملی نقش داشته باشند، به دلیل کاهش سرمایه گذاری ها به رکود کشیده شده است. دهها هزار کارگر در سراسر کشور، ماههاست که از دریافت حقوقشان محروم بوده اند. حقوق اولیه کارگران مانند حق فعالیت سندیکاها، حق اعتراض به شرایط کار، درخواست افزایش دستمزدها بر اساس رشد تورم، تأمین معاش با کار در یک شیفت کاری، حق تأثیرگذاری بر اداره سرنوشت خود، با تمسک به انواع حیله ها و ابزارها نادیده گرفته می شود. ایرانی، بزرگترین سرمایه خویش، یعنی امید به آینده بهتر را، برباد رفته و بزرگترین موهبت الهی اش، یعنی کرامت انسانی را، پایمال شده می بیند. کارگر و کشاورزی که می خواست با دسترنج خود، زندگی آبرومندانه ای برای خود و خانواده اش فراهم کند، اینک باید چشم انتظار مرحمت دولتمردانی شود که با تهی کردن خزانه کشور، سعی می کنند ندانم کاری ها و ناتوانی های خود را پرده پوشی کنند.
اما آیا این سرنوشت محتوم مردم ماست؟ ما چنین نمی اندیشیم، و میلیون ها ایرانی آزاده دیگر نیز چنین نمی اندیشند. مگر ما و مردمان دیگری که همزمان یا دیرتر از ما در راه آزادی و آبادی گام برداشته اند از سرشتی متفاوت آفریده شده ایم که این گونه حقیرانه تن به ذلت بدهیم؟ مگر نمی دانیم که دستیابی به زندگی سعادتمندانه، نیازمند عزم و اراده برای ایجاد دگرگونی در هر چه نادرست است و جایگزین نمودن آن با آنچه ما را به فردایی بهتر رهنمون می کند می باشد؟ مگر ندیده ایم که برای رسیدن به جامعه ای آباد، آزاد و عادل، ملت ها چه رنج ها که بر خود هموار نکرده اند و چه فداکاری ها که در تاریخ خود به ثبت نرسانده اند؟ ایران کشوری بزرگ، با سرمایه های بزرگ طبیعی و بهره مند از خیل کاردانان و کارگران و کارآفرینانی است که اگر حق تعیین سرنوشتشان را به خودشان بازگردانند، می توانند در زمانی کوتاه، کشور را به جایگاهی که شایسته آن است برسانند. و مردم ما در همین دو سالی که پشت سر گذاشتند، با اهدای دهها شهید، صدها مجروح و هزاران زندانی و از جمله دهها کارگر زندانی، نشان دادند که از چنین عزمی برخوردارند. صبر و استقامت و تلاش این مردم بزرگ، که بجای بزرگ فروشی به آنان باید در مقابل بزرگیشان سر تعظیم فرود آورد، آنان را به سر منزل مقصود خواهد رساند.
شورای هماهنگی راه سبز امید از همه رسانه ها و شبکه های اجتماعی درخواست می کند با توجه به مشکلات اقتصادی و خواسته ها و مطالبات کارگران و زحمتکشان و در شرایطی که حاکمیت اجازه طرح هیچگونه انتقادی به این شرایط را بر نمی تابد، در بازتاب مصائب غم انگیزی که هر روز زندگی را بر اقشار مختلف مردم دشوارتر می کند همت گمارند. این شورا با تأکید بر حق مسلم کارگران برای طرح مطالبات و حمایت کامل از برگزاری راهپیمایی و تجمع آنان به رسم همه ساله، از همة همراهان و تلاشگران این جنبش فراگیر مردمی می خواهد تا در حمایت از خواسته های کارگران غیور این مرز و بوم، از همراهی و همدلی با آنان دریغ نورزند. 
شورای هماهنگی راه سبز امید
4 اردیبهشت 1390

GVF — Just days ahead of International Worker’s Day (May 1st), the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope has expressed its support for Iranian workers and once more voiced previously voiced concerns by Green Movement Mir Hossein Mousavi regarding the workers’ right to organise, mobilise and protest.

In its statement, the Council, which is the Green Movement’s highest decision-making body said that in recent years, “instead of privatising, the government has been carrying out a monopolisation, and has been giving away firms and businesses to quasi-governmental and quasi-military bodies for trifling sums, and thus through the concentration of power and wealth in their own hands, they persist in their monocracy.”

The Council, whose members have been chosen by the leader of the Green Movement Mir Hossein Mousavi and Karroubi prior to their house arrest, has also urged the media and social networks to play support the demands of Iran’s workers and sympathise with the country’s labour force which has been hard hit by the Ahmadinejad administration’s disastrous economic policies, in particular its recent subsidy cuts which have had a devastating effect on the country’s most vulnerable.

“Having in mind the economic hardships and demands of hard-working labourers, and under the status quo where the state does not tolerate any level of criticism towards the current situation, the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope urges all media and social networks to reflect the heart rendering tragedies which have made life more difficult for the various groups in people. While stressing the indisputable rights of workers to voice their demands and fully supporting [the right to hold] demonstrations and assemblies, in accordance with annual custom, the Council calls on all the supporters and activists of this pervasive popular movement not to hesitate in supporting the demands of this land’s brave workers as well as sympathising with and aiding them.”

The statement also argues, “without resolving the flaws in the country’s political system, it is not possible to speak of any economic revival.”

Referring to the false promises made by Ahmadinejad during the 2009 presidential race, the council added: “If at that time, there were still those who did not believe the government would deceive, today the state’s lies have become so apparent for all, that not only farmers, workers and labourers, but everywhere in this poverty stricken country filled with misery despite having the largest amount of underground resources and social capital, they no longer believe their empty promises.”

“The country’s hard workers saw how the problem of housing and unemployment not only remained unresolved, but intensified,” the statement said. “The people of this land have witnessed how the oil revenue not only didn’t find its way into their dinner tables, but their dinner tables shrank by the day.”

“Strikes and protests by workers are taking place everyday and across the country, despite the [government’s] violent action,” the council noted. “A charity-like economy, whose harmful and undignified consequences government critics had warned about, is shattering the hopes of workers and employers and has brought the wheels of the country’s economy to a standstill these days.”

The Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope also criticised the Ahmadinejad government’s irresponsible mismanagement of oil revenues of the past six years, which has been more than 500 million dollars, more than Iran’s oil revenues under all the previous administrations put together. It also said the income had been “used for the unrestricted import of low-quality goods.”

“It is as though the goal of this great Revolution [in 1979] was to become independent of one superpower, but to become reliant on another.”

The council also dismissed the unemployment and growth rates announced by the Ahmadinejad government as “baseless,” arguing that “out honourable workers feel the country’s critical economic situation with their flesh and bone and the baselessness of the government statistics about economic growth are comprehensible for them, more than any other social group.”

“It is natural that in such circumstances, the 850,000 jobs per year that were to be created under the fourth development programme are not created, but rather, we’ve had a rise in unemployment. Can one imagine the hiring of new workers by a production unit that hasn’t received any new investment and its sales and profits have also remained the same?”

“The reality is that the militarisation of the economy and politics in recent years has crippled the Iran’s economy,” the statement went on to add. “Tens of thousands of workers across the country have not received their wages in months. Their basic rights such as the right to carry out union activity, the right to protest against working conditions, the demand for a wage increase that matches the increase in inflation, the ability to earn a living through working for a single shift per day and the right to influence their destiny are being neglected through [the government’s] resort to all types of cunning measures. Iranians see their greatest asset; the hope for a better future, shattered and their greatest God-given gift, their human dignity, stumbled upon.”

“Iran is a great country with massive natural resources as well as experts, workers and creators of job opportunities who can return the country to the position it deserves, should their right to determine their own destiny be returned to them.”


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Iranian union told to disband and cease activity

 Iran Labor Report earlier reported that Jafar Azim Zadeh, the head of the Assembly, has been called in to appear in court by the branch 26 of the revolutionary court.  Furthermore, five leaders of the Assembly in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, Sharif Saedpanah, Shith Amani, Sadigh Karimi, Ismael Kazemi, and Khaled Savari were called in by the intelligence Ministry on April 30.  They were asked to not participate in any May Day activities and attempts were made to get pledges from these leaders on this issue.  They were released after the interrogations.  Later on the eve of the May Day, Foad Keikhosravi, a member of the Assembly in Sanandaj was arrested and remains in custody.

On May 1, Sadigh Karimi and Khaled Savari of the board of directors were arrested in Sanadaj.  Khaled Savari was later released.  The arrests occurred before the May Day events had started in the city.  Several other members had received threats on the phone.

The workers subsequently held the May Day rallies in the city of Sanandaj where 200 participated in Ferdowsi square marches.  The march was confronted by the security forces and the crowd was dispersed.  The workers had planned to read the joint declaration of the workers organizations but were not successful.  One of the participants, Foad Shabake Fard, was arrested before the start of the rally carrying signs.

On May 2, the families of the incarcerated, Sadigh Karimi, Foad Keikosravi, and Foad Shabake Fard along with several other families of the Free Assembly members gathered by the Intelligence Ministry information office in the city of Sanandaj.  Heidar Keikhosravi, Foad’s brother, was allowed to enter the compound and returned with bruise marks on his face  This resulted in protests by the families led by Keikosravi sisters.  The crowd was subsequently confronted with security forces and the families were told that the arrested will be transferred to the municipality courts for formal charges.  Of the three, only Foad Shabake Fard was transferred and taken back to the intelligence ministry offices subsequently.

At the same time, Saeed Karami, another member of the Assembly and the expelled worker of Gharb Baft Carpets in Sanadaj was also called in by the Intelligence Ministry and interrogated.

The Free Assembly of Iranian Workers members in different locations in Iran have received calls from the Intelligence Ministry operatives, which along with threats, telling the Assembly to cease its activites and disband itself.

The Free Assembly of Iranian Workers, condemning the threats, has declared that celebration of the International Workers Day, assembly, and protests are workers and all people’s inalienable rights and disbanding or continuation of activities are only subject to the will of its members in their general assembly and nothing else.  The Assembly has also called for the immediate and unconditional release of Sadigh Karimi, Foad Keikhosravi, Foad Shabake Fard, and other incarcerated labor leaders and said that it holds the intelligence ministry and high officials of the judiciary responsible for their safety and all the subsequent events resulting in protest to their arrests.  The Assembly also has called for larger protests by the families and the workers of Sanandaj to the arrests.

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May Day protests in Iran: Sanandaj, Qazvin, Shiraz and Ahwaz

Five arrests on May Day protests in Sanandaj

Freedommessenger – In Sanandaj, 100 workers and residents of this city gathered in front of the Emdad Committee and chanted anti-government slogans. The gathering turned into clashes between the suppressive forces and the workers. Five of the protestors were arrested.  The gathering of residents of Sanandaj on Friday night had also turned into clashes with the regime’s agents.

The workers of Hamid Ceramics Company in Qom turned the regime’s staged meeting on the occasion of International Workers’ Day that took place in Hosseinieh Eshq Ali Mosque into an event against the regime’s anti-labor policies.

The workers disrupted the speech of Talebi, the regime’s appointed Head of “House of Workers.” Despite the fact that the workers were not given permission to talk, they yelled their protests.

Talebi condemned the gathering of workers in front of the provincial office under the pretext that it would be exploited by the foreign media.

The workers ridiculed his remarks and prevented him from continuing his talks. They protested that they should not forgo their rights, and their justified demands should not be suppressed under the pretext that it would be used by the foreign media.

The workers said that a regime that feels threatened by a gathering of workers and uses anti-riot guards to suppress workers is devoid of any credibility.

Workers protesting in Qazvin, Shiraz and Ahwaz

On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, thousands of workers have staged protests against their living standards and hardships and calling for their minimum rights.

In Qazvin, up to 8,000 workers have staged a gathering in the city’s sports stadium chanting “Workers, Unite, Unite”. They carry banners asking for annulment of the decision to close their factory and demanding payments of their unpaid salaries for the past seven months and the New Year bonuses for the past two Iranian New Years.

In Shiraz, hundreds of workers including the workers of “Fars Meat Industries” and “Ramak Milk Industries” have gathered in front of the Governor’s office. Workers of the long distance communications, who have not received their salaries for the past 13 months, also have participated in this protest. They carry a banner that reads “Imam Ali’s just rule, shame on you, shame on you”. This refers to the Iranian regime’s claim to be alike the Shiite Imam Ali’s just rule.

This demonstration has been surrounded by Iranian Security forces and other suppressive forces. Security forces have blocked the road to prevent people from joining the workers’ protest.

In Ahwaz, a group of workers of the Pipe Mill have gathered in front of the regime’s Labor Office to protest. They are holding a banner which says, “We will die from hunger but we will not accept to be humiliated”

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May Day Reports from Iran | Protests under heavy security

High Volume of Security in Tehran for International Worker’s Day

Astreetjournalist – Received reports indicate that in accordance with International Worker’s Day (that is recognized on May 1st) a high volume of security is apparent in Tehran, especially in the central region.

Military and disciplinary officers are concentrated in Enghelab Square until near Azadi Square. [Government-operated] vans are stationed around Enghelab Square.

The Kaleme website reports that the security agents are concentrated outside the Ministry of Labour and Laborer’s House (on Azadi Street). The area has been reported to look like a military zone.

There are also reports from Fatemeh Square

of security agents based across the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

A number of Iranian employers have threatened their staff with termination from their position if they decide to act in protest for International Worker’s Day.

Workers Gather in Protest after Labour Minister Speech in Mashad

Yesterday in Mashad, on the first national conference for the day of labour mobilization and celebration of worker martyrs, Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, analyzed the third verse of Surat Al-Baqarah from the Qur’an and then interpreted the concept of absence of the Imam and faith. Since the conference was supposed to be held on May Day and he did not mention the situation of workers in Iran,

a group of workers gathered after his speech in the Ayeha building to protest the minister’s talk.

One of the workers said, “We expected the minister to say better words on the improvement of workers situation, but he did not even mention workers.”

Another worker said, “When the Health or Education Minister talks, part of the speech focuses on congratulating nurses and teachers, but the Labour Minister spoke and didn’t say a word about workers.”

A worker Mohammad Karimi said, “The minimum we expected from the Labour Minister was that after he analyzed the Qur’an, he would talk about problems pertaining to workers and also provide solutions.”

He added, “Unfortunately, in our country, there is no value for workers. The proof of this is all the letters and correspondence I had with the Ministry of Labour since March 2009 that have gone nowhere.”

Buses Filled with Workers Stopped By Regime Forces, Man Badly Beaten

Despite the strong security atmosphere, a gathering began in front of the Ministry of Labour. Currently a crowd has gathered in Azadi and Enghelab Squares. Some people are holding flowers to commemorate May Day.

Between Enghelab and Azadi Squares, undeclared martial law continues. INA correspondent reports three buses full of workers coming from Varamin was stopped by police.

The forces acknowledged that the workers were on their way to the demonstration, but did not allow them to proceed. One worker was badly beaten and left there in his blood.

May Day Protest Gathering in Shiraz

Workers in Shiraz organized a protest gathering on the occasion of International Worker’s Day (I.e. May Day).

The gathering took place in front of Shiraz’s Azadi Avenue in the province of Fars. Demonstrators held banners that read: “Expelling workers will bring them a black destiny.” Another banner read: “Workers, congratulations on your day of employment, we won’t sit down until we get what is ours.”

One of the workers at the gathering said that in the last few months he has been expelled from the Gooshe Fars industrial complex and has not been paid his wages for seven months. The annonymous worker explained that Gooshte Fars Industrial Complex has been shut down for over two months and close to 1,200 workers are now unemployed.

Workers from the Gooshte Fars factory also protested their situation in March and April 2010.

Several Hundred Protesters Gather in Tabriz for May Day

Several hundred workers in Tabriz gathered in front of the Labour Department to celebrate International Worker’s Day

Based on reports recieved by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran (HRDAI), several hundred workers and citizens gathered in front of the Labour Department on Khomeini Street in Tabriz and protested against massive expulsions, unemployment, and poverty.

The protests began at 11:00am (Tehran time) and hundreds of people continue to protest [as evening approaches]. The gatherings have taken place despite the vast presence of oppressive forces.

Eyewitnesses have reported over 40 cars belonging to regime agents stationed at the scene of protest. Also, a large number of baton-wielding motorcyclists are patrolling the streets. Plainclothes forces from the Ministry of Intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards are present in strong numbers as well.

Heavy security presence in Tehran and other major cities

According to eye witness reports, there were heavy security presence in Tehran and some other major cities of the country on International Worker’s Day.

Kaleme website reports on the large security and plain cities militia presence in the central areas of the Tehran and near Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Organization.

Based on this report there have been gatherings and heavy security presence in other major cities of Iran including, Tabriz, Shiraz and Qazvin; in these gatherings workers by holding signs in their hands stressed that layoffs will bring the workers “Black fate” and some other signs read: “Worker, congratulation on your Unemployment Day” and “We will not give up until we gain our rights”.

There have also been some unconfirmed reports of clashes between protesters and security forces.

International Worker’s Day celebration in Saqez, Kurdistan

On may 1, 2010, at approximately 5:30am, a large number of workers moved toward Jaghal Mountain, a leisure hanging place for the citizens of Saqez (a city in the province of Kurdistan).

Around 8:00am, a large number of people also gathered at the mountain to celebrate International Worker’s Day.

First a moment of silence was held for those killed for the freedom of the working class. After, everyone stood up and a poem was read to break the silence.

Activist Mahmood Salehi addressed the crowd for Worker’s Day. An article was read by another activist, followed by a poem titled, “I am a worker.”

A student present at the gathering also gave a speech.

At the end, a nationwide resolution was read and then the people, in an organized manner, returned back to the city.

Coordinating Committee for the Formation of Worker’s Organizations

To see videos of May Day in Iran:  Droi’s vodspot

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Protests erupt at Tehran University on May 1, 2010

Irangreenvoice – Around 2000 Tehran University students have protested a visit by Ahmadinejad to an auditorium located at the university’s faculty of medicine.

After students at Tehran University became aware of the illegitimate president’s talk at their university, they quickly mobilised and marched towards the auditorium where he was speaking and chanted slogans against him.

What is interesting about Ahmadinejad’s visit had not been publicised as authorities are well-aware of his low standing among students and do not wish to risk further humiliation for the so-called “President.”

Even so, during the visit which coincided with International Workers’ Day, the students who had quickly gathered outside in front of the building made their messages heard and chanted slogans in praise of Mir Hossein Mousavi, as well as chants calling for unity among workers and students: “Student, Worker, Unity”; “Freedom, justice, this is the slogan of the nation”; “Death to the dictator”; “Dictator be ashamed of yourself, let go of university”; “Either death or freedom”; “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein.”

According to eyewitnesses, the University security and Basij forces attempted to scatter the students, but fortunately they did not resort to great violence in doing so. However opposition website Jaras has reported a heavy security presence inside university campus. The forces reportedly prevented any of the students from entering the auditorium where the speech was taking place, unless the students were Basij members.

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Iranian Labor Leaders Face Reprisals Following the Joint Statement and the Call to Hunger Strike

Mansour Osanloo

Iranlaborreport – 10 independent workers organizations issued a joint statement on the occasion of the international workers day in Iran. The statement presented the workers demands and condemned the suppression of workers and general populance since last May day in Iran. Following the statement, authorities have increased suppressive tactics on the labor leaders.

Based on reports by the Human Rights and Democratic Activists in Iran, new charges have been opened against Mansour Osaloo, the incarcerated leader of the Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate. On April 25, took Osaloo with hand and leg shackles to branch 6 of the prosecution office of Karaj revolutionary court. In new accusations by Ali Haj Kazem and Ali Mohammadi, Gohar Dasht prison chief and his deputy, Osaloo is facing with new case of ties with regime’s illegal opposition. On the months leading to the May day, Osaloo has been put under excessive duress in prison ranging from solitary confinement to transfer to addicted and AIDS and Hepatitis patients in Gohar Dasht.

Additionally, another leader of the Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, Homayoun Jaberi was sentenced to one year in prison with lashes. The sentence by the branch 14 of the revolutionary court was handed down to Jaberi on the eve of the May day. Jaberi has been accused of assembly and attempts to disturb the peace, propaganda against the Islamic system, and disturbance of peace related to the last years May day gathering in Park Laleh. Jaberi was arrested two hours prior to the event last year.

Jafar Azim Zadeh, the head of the Free Assembly of Iranian Workers, one of the independent unions signing the joint May day statement has also been called in to appear in court by the branch 26 of the revolutionary court. No reasons have been given in the written call in. Azim Zadeh was among the 150 workers arrested in last years Laleh Park May day gathering and spent 53 days in prison. Other labor activists such as Mohammad Ashrafi, Alireza Saqafi, and Mohsen Saqafi also have received sentences for their participation in last years gathering.

Free Assembly of Iranian Workers in a statement condemned the prison sentences and considered Azim Zadeh’s call to the court as measure of exerting pressure on the labor activists to refrain from participation of this year’s May day activities.

The teachers organizations calling for hunger strikes on May 2 to May 8 have also faced similar pressures. Alireza Hashemi, the head of the Teachers Organization of Iran was arrested at his home on April 28 by the security agents. Ali Akbar Baghani and Mohammad Beheshti Langarudi, the head and spokesperson of the Teachers Trade Union Center of Iran were also arrested on the same day at their homes. A day earlier, Tofigh Mortezapour, another member of the Teachers Trade Union Center, was arrested in the city of Tabriz. A total of seven member of the Trade Union Center have now been arrested. The hunger strike has been called to protest the incarceration of several teachers and long and death sentences handed for several of them.

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Clashes in Tehran’s Ferdowsi Square on the eve of May Day

NCRI – On Friday, April 30, on the eve of May Day, clashes broke out between Tehran residents and hundreds of suppressive forces who had been mobilized in fear of protests in solidarity with Iranian workers.

The clashes broke out at 6:30 pm local time after people began to jeer the repressive forces. The crowd swelled to 700 quickly as the protesters began to chant “death to Khamenei” and clashed with the regime’s agents.

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Declaration of the Council for Celebration of International Labor Day in Iran – 1389 (2010)

Iranlaborreport – The Council for Celebration of International Labor Day – 1389 (2010), stating demands on the workers’ day, has called for demonstrations through out Iran on the occasion of the May day.  The statement reads as follows:

Workers, teachers, students, nurses, wage-earners, ladies, gentlemen and freedom-loving people of Iran,

International Labor Day, May 1st, is a day to combine our free and democratic demands with our social and economic ones.  Without tying our economic demands and employing our organized class unity to those of our democratic demands, our struggles will only end up in the hands of a few groups who are another manifestation of the capitalist class.  Economic equality without socio-political equality is an empty phenomenon.

This year, on International Labor Day, we have to stand up.  We have to stand up against poverty, inequality, low wages, unpaid back wages, job insecurity, elimination of subsidies and political and social oppression.

International Labor Day 2010 must reflect the general population’s most pressing demands — especially labor’s demands, which is of the most importance. In our slogans and demands, everywhere we go, we must emphasize our struggle not only to pursue our rights during this day, but every day henceforth. And everywhere we go, we must continue to wage an unending struggle for the realization of our just rights.

1) We are demanding unconditional freedom for all political prisoners (including all labor activists, teachers, students, women prisoners fighting for children’s rights and all news media prisoners); and also we demand the release of all those incarcerated because of their faith, ideology or speaking freely. Freedom of speech and ideas is considered the most basic human right. We are demanding an end to all judicial rulings against all political, social and labor activists, and an end to their illegal persecution. 

2) We demand the freedom to establish independent class and social organizations, parties and societies; to organize demonstrations and strikes. Freedom of the press, freedom of speech and ideology are all basic human rights.  We will not stop our struggle until we achieve each and every one of these rights.

3) While the official poverty line is set at 900,000 tumans ($900.00), establishing the minimum wage at 303,000 tumans ($303.00) reflects the insatiable appetite of capitalists in exploiting the workers and wage earners even more in order to maximize their own profits. We are demanding the establishment of a true minimum wage that is reflective of a humane and respectable life, to be set by the representatives of workers and their unions.

4) We strongly condemn the inhumane, self-centered and violent act of ending all social subsidies, which only serves the interests of the national and international capitalist class.  Not only we will participate in demonstrations and strikes against these measures, but also we invite the entire population to take part in acts of social disobedience against any and all of these inhumane steps.

5) We strongly emphasize the need for the establishment of a just retirement system, so that all retirees may enjoy a dignified and humane level of subsistence. We demand an end to modern day slavery, which includes open-ended and temporary employment contracts.

6) We demand free education, health care and basic human services for every member of society.

7) We consider other social movements, such as women’s organizations, students and those fighting for children’s rights as our true and natural allies.  Any aggression against any of them will be considered an act of aggression against us and the labor movement, as well as an act of aggression against the dignity of each and every member of the society.

We support all immigrant workers residing in Iran, including the Afghanis. We consider ourselves part of the struggles of the world’s workers and thus support all their demands and rights.  We are demanding that May 1st be considered a national holiday, and any restriction in observing such a holiday should be ended immediately.

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Fallen Workers of the Protest Movement in Iran

Iranlaborreport – Center for Solidarity with the Families of the Incarcerated and the Fallen in a statement has announced the names of the workers who have lost their lives in the course of last year’s Green Movement protests following the fraudulent June 12 elections. The Center has called for putting flowers at the tombs of these worker martyrs:

  1. Mahmoud Raisi Najafi
  2. Bahman Jenabi Khosh, 19, Plumber and Electrician
  3. Ahmad Nejati, 22, died of baton hits
  4. Sajjad Ghaed Rahmati, Dorood Lorestan
  5. Hosein Akhtar Zand, Isfahan
  6. Farzad Jashni, 19, Ilam
  7. Abolfazl Abdollahi, Electrician died of gunshot wound on his head
  8. Saeed Abbasi, 28, Killed by Pasdaran bullets
  9. Meisam Ebadi, 17, Carpet shop worker, died of gun shot wound on his stomach in Sadeghiyeh, Tehran
  10. Abbas Disnad, Bazar shop worker, 48, died of baton hits

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Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

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