THE UNION OF METALWORKERS AND MECHANICS OF IRAN
The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (‘the Union’) is an independent trade union representing industrial workers in Iran. It was established in 1960 and was registered under Iranian law. It was operating as a fully-fledged syndicate under the labour code from 1960 to 1979 and then after revolution from 1979 to 1983. Its current legal form may best be described as an unincorporated association. The Union is not an Islamic Labour Council, nor is it a guild / trade association. However, since 1983, and particularly since it openly resumed activities in 2005, its form at workplace level could be considered as similar to that of ‘workers representative’ although the Union is not formally accredited as such in any workplaces.
The Union organises workers in vehicle assembly factories in Iran and workers engaged by general and related industries. The Union enjoys the support of one thousand workers in major vehicle manufacturing facilities, in several workshops that produce parts for larger factories, at a large steel plant, and in facilities for the production of detergent and cleaning products. The union is active in all parts of Iran but due to Tehran’s special and important dynamics as a capital city, their presence is concentrated in Tehran and the industrial districts in the Western part of Tehran.
The Union participates actively in efforts to form a coordinated body of independent trade unions in Iran. This body is already comprised of 6 independent trade unions including: Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat – e- Vahed); Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Syndicate; Project Workers’ Trade Union; Building Painters and decorators Trade Union (Syndicate); and Bricklayers Trade Union (Syndicate). The Union is responsible for production of a Bulletin of news and views on behalf of the six syndicates. It is called ‘Payame Syndicate’ (Trade Union Message) and is published monthly. The Union has published a monthly English language bulletin, Union Messenger, since June 2014.