The current [Iranian] year 1400 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of International Workers’ Day in our country. The first gathering of International Workers’ Day in Iran was held on the initiative of the Central Union of Workers of Iran in 1921. Despite the limited size of the Iranian working class, 8,000 workers as well as administrative personnel were organized in 16 trade unions in that year. They planned and organized the first May 1st celebration in Iran. Read more
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27 August, 2020
An unprecedented mass strike in the Iranian oil and gas sector is holding firm as it enters its fourth week.
4 August, 2020
Thousands of workers have taken strike action in Iran’s South Pars gas fields, protesting the late payment of wages and poor working conditions.
About 10,000 workers have stopped work as a wave of wildcat strike action has hit major refineries and industrial projects in Iran’s South Pars gas fields. The workers are protesting the late payment of wages, poverty wages, insecure employment and poor working and living conditions as they battle 50-degree heat.
Dear sisters and brothers,
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, to express our full support and solidarity with the oil and gas workers in Iran in their struggle to achieve decent working conditions and respect of their fundamental labour rights.
IndustriALL Global Union fully supports your industrial action, starting on 1st August, and involving workers from Tabriz to Khuzestan, calling for vastly improved conditions of service and wages for temporary workers in the oil and gas industry.
It is imperative that subcontracting companies, which are pervasive in the oil and gas sector, address the legitimate demands of workers concerning, among others, fair wages, payment of correct work insurance for workers based on their jobs and salaries, provision of transport with adequate air conditioning in the extreme heat of the oils fields, which reaches up to 50 degrees Celsius, and provision of adequate dormitories for workers who stay on site for weeks at a time because of the remoteness of the sites.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with the sisters and brothers of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) in demanding decent working conditions and respect of the fundamental labour rights of temporary oil and gas workers in Iran.
Valter Sanches, General Secretary
To the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) and
the United Metalworkers’ Union (Birleşik Metal-İŞ)
On the occasion of May Day 2020, the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) would like to convey its greetings and best wishes to our comrades in the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) and the United Metalworkers’ Union (Birleşik Metal-İŞ) for the success of their decisive struggle for the realisation of the demands of the workers of Turkey. Read more
With respect, due to the current health issues, this letter is published in an open format.
The upwards trend of the coronavirus continues in our country and, almost fifty days since the outbreak of this disease, we are witnessing that this pandemic has still not yet been controlled and there is no hope of a downwards trend on the horizon. Read more
Dear Dr Rouhani,
To comply with the current health issues, we are publishing this letter in cyberspace and we hope that observing the following will keep us from taking any further action. Read more
30 January, 2020
300 workers at the Chadormalu iron ore mine have been fired after protesting low wages and wage discrimination against contractors. Read more
Dear sisters and brothers,
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, to express our full support and solidarity with the struggle of 300
mineworkers, who were summarily dismissed on 25 January at the Chadormalu mine. Read more
Dismissal of 300 workers from Bahavand Barad Contracting HR Company, and the implementation of the “Occupational Classification Plan”, favoured by Hatami HR Contractors, has led to protests by the workers and the trade unionists at Chadormalu Mine.
The right to work is a human right and standards of working conditions must be observed by employers and the Ministry of Labour. Neglecting and ignoring the workers’ demands by the provincial authorities and the labour department officials have endangered the livelihood of 300 workers and their families who have been struggling with unemployment and hunger since 25 January 2020. Read more