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IndustriALL Global union ask for the release of trade union activists arrested on May Day in Tehran

Dear Mr. President Hassan Rouhani,

I am writing this letter to you as the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than fifty million workers in mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in more than 140 countries, including Iran, to urge you to intervene to guarantee the immediate release of trade union leaders and activists, who were unlawfully detained on 26 April, 29 April, and on May Day. Read more

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

2019 May Day Greetings!

Dear Comrades of IndustriALL Global Union

On the eve of May Day, the International Workers Day, the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) once again salutes you, and through you all the affiliates and members of great IndustriALL Global Union.  We wish you all vital successes in your ongoing struggle for fair wages and salaries, for secure employment, for trade union rights and for more secure, safe and humane working conditions across the world.

In Iran the workers across industries and various sectors of the economy have waged a consistent and brave struggle to demand their rights including due wages, end to privatisation, trade union rights and implementation of international ILO standards that Iran is a signatory to and is obliged to do so.

The UMMI has continued its difficult but consistent and rewarding work to ensure that it effectively represents the interests of our sector and that our organisation has the capacity to campaign effectively on the key issues of concern to workers in Iran.  Amongst these concerns at present are peace, jobs, wages and trade union rights.

We thank you for working with us and assisting us in the important but difficult tasks we have set ourselves.  We are confident of success.

Long Live May Day!

Long Live International Solidarity!

The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran

29th April 2019


Solidarity with of the Confederation of Progressive Trade unions of Turkey

To the General Secretary of DISK

To the Executive Committee of DISK

Dear Comrades of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK)

We have been informed that Comrade Arzu Cerkezoglu, President of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey, has recently been tried and is facing a three-year prison sentence for a speech she gave during a panel discussion organised by Turkey’s main opposition party, CHP, in June 2016.  In her speech, Comrade Arzu had criticised certain aspects of the policies of the current government in Turkey. Read more

Union activists tortured in Iran as strike wave spreads


A wave of strike action across the province of Khuzestan has led to the arrest and torture of leading activists.

Workers at the Iran National Steel plant in Ahvaz have taken strike action on several occasions over the past year, in an ongoing dispute to demand unpaid wages and the return of their factory to public ownership. They have formed solidarity links with workers at the Haft Tappeh sugarcane complex in the city of Shush, who have been on strike for more than a month over unpaid wages and alleged corruption by managers.

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Economic Sanctions, a war against the Iranian working class

What is currently happening in the world with regards to our country Iran, is not intended to improve the working conditions and livelihood of the working people of Iran, but is a full-scale war against the Iranian working people and waged earners. US imperialism is leading policies aimed at changing the political map of the Middle East and Iran.


Fellow brothers and sisters of trade unions across the world!

Be aware that the policy of imposing unilateral economic sanctions on Iran by the great powers, in particular the United States and its allies, is the beginning of an unfair and unequal war against Iran’s working class. These sanctions will lead to the closure of the country’s manufacturing plants, rising unemployment, increasing costs of food, medicine and the essential goods for Iranian people. These sanctions will create a golden opportunity for middle men and profiteers, with no harm done to the warmongers who will use this opportunity to get richer by amassing and hoarding essential goods needed by the working people, welcoming wars and conflicts.


Fellow brothers and sisters in America and Europe!

To prevent this catastrophe, we urge you to put pressure on your governments not to join these terrible sanctions and not to use your taxes for war efforts in the embargo of medicine and food against the Iranian workers and wage earners. Please request that your Members of Parliament to use your taxes for your country’s progress and not for the destruction of the livelihood of Iranian working class families.


In countries where trade unions are influential on policies adopted by parliaments and governments, we urge our brothers and sisters in the metalworkers unions to demand from their respective governments not to join these sanctions and to support the Iranian labour movement and their families against the anti-labour policies, wherever they originate from.


Dear trade union comrades in Europe and America,

Let us unite, hand in hand, to organise an effective movement to fight against the threat of economic sanctions and war and to prevent the repeat of the calamities of Syria, Iraq and Libya to the Iranian People.


Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI)

20 August 2018


Delegation of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) returned from Turkey after the conclusion of their successful visit

A delegation of Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) visited Turkey between 6th and 10th August at the invitation of IndustriALL Global Union in order to attend a trade union course and exchange views on trade union issues.  The delegation was hosted by DISK, the Turkish Trade Union Federation and the United Metalworkers Union of Turkey.

During this stay in Turkey, the UMMI delegation met with Mr Kemal Ozkan, Deputy General Secretary of IndustriALL,  and Mr Walton Pantland, Director of Communication, and officers and leaders of the DISK Trade Union Federation and the United Metalworkers Union of Turkey and discussed the condition of the trade unions in Iran, the situation of working people, the policies of imperialism against the working people, the war in Syria and the issue of migration defence of refugees in Europe and activities and struggles of DISK and the United Metalworkers Union of Turkey.

The delegation of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) also received a comprehensive briefing about the international work and struggles of IndustriALL, the history of struggles of DISK Trade Union Federation and the United Metalworkers Union of Turkey.

At the conclusion of discussions and events in Istanbul IndustriALL, DISK Trade Union Federation in Turkey and the United Metalworkers Union of Turkey expressed their solidarity with the working people of Iran and UMMI.

Details of the meetings and discussions of the UMMI delegation will be published in due course.

UMMI Public Relations Unit

10th August 2018

We condemn the threatening and summoning by the security forces of the steel workers!

We have been informed that the security forces in the city of Ahvaz have this week summoned seven steel workers – including Mustafa Abyat, Amin Alvani, Karim Sayyahi, Hassan Hamoodi, Tariq Khalafi, Peyman Shajrati and Meytham (Meysam?) Ghanavati – to present themselves to the authorities. Read more

Suppression is not going to solve the crisis!

The current year started amidst a worsening situation for the workers and escalating unrest with the ruling regime continuing to ignore the compounding crisis. To silence the voice of those reacting to the mounting crisis, they have arrested teachers; allowed the closure of the Hepco factory; ordered the railway workers of Lorestan to curtail their protesting of unpaid salaries; continued to fail to pay the due pensions of Abadan’s Petrochemical Factory’s retired workforce; fired 500 workers from the Haraz Dam; and permitted contractors in the oil fields to delay the payment of the workers’ wages for more than 4 months. Read more

Greetings on the occasion of March 8, the International Women’s Day

Women form almost half the population of our country. This segment of society, mothers, wives, sisters or daughters, have for many years been subjected to discrimination and inequality. At times, this inequality has led to their elimination from various social activities (often under the pretence of protecting them). The result has been nothing but profound frustration and anger. Some of the influencing factors that promote inequality and discrimination against women, at family level, include poverty, addiction, unemployment, illiteracy and family traditions. Read more