Message of the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union to Union of the Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran

Dear Comrades,

I wish to thank you very much for your solidarity message.  IndustriALL Global Union fully appreciates the struggle of the Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI), and is also fully aware of the difficult conditions under which you are operating.

We are proud of counting on the UMMI as one of our affiliated unions, and working together to further the rights of workers in Iran, and elsewhere in the region, and the rest of the world.

IndustriALL Global Union reiterates its full support of your struggle to achieve decent working conditions in different industrial sectors, which includes fighting for fair wages and salaries, secure employment, compliance with strict safe and health standards, and overall achieve full respect of fundamental labour rights such as Convention 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, and Convention 98 on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

May Day gives us the opportunity to take stock of what the labour movement has achieved worldwide in the last 150 years or so, and reflect and develop new strategies on how to tackle new challenges, including massive precarization of working conditions, new working conditions (digitalization, robotization, artificial intelligence, platform economy), and the urgent need to deal with climate change while ensuring a Just Transition for workers.

In solidarity,

Valter Sanches
General Secretary
IndustriALL Global Union

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