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Letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden

Rt. Honourable Stefan Löfven

Prime Minister of Sweden,

We hereby warmly welcome you and your accompanying delegation to Iran. We hope that the bilateral relations between our two countries will develop further on the basis of peace;  mutual respect for  independence and sovereignty for  the supreme benefit of the working people of both countries; and with the aim of  achieving peace, stability as well as the  general prosperity of our  two peoples.   Read more

Support for independent democratic trade unions in Iran and recognition of internationally recognized labour rights

In my capacity as President of the Swedish union Industrial and Metal Workers’ Union (IF Metall), I am about to visit Iran in the next few days together with an official Swedish delegation led by the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven. The delegation will also include representatives from the Swedish business community.

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Happy New Year!

The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) sends its greetings on the occasion of New Year 2017 to all of the labour and trade union movement internationally and wishes them success in the struggle for peace, progress and trade union and democratic rights. Read more

Free and independent trade unions fight for workers’ rights in Iran

In October, the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) became the first affiliate from Iran to join IndustriALL. The affiliation is a significant step in a country where unions are persecuted and trade unionists imprisoned.  Read more

Iran: petroleum workers win back pay after strike action


Workers at the Bushehr Petrochemical Complex won unpaid wages after taking strike action last week.

Workers went on strike on Monday 5 December after not receiving wages since June. On Saturday, they were paid for the months of July, August and September, and returned to work. However, the dispute is ongoing. Administrative and support staff – who were not part of the original strike action – have not been paid, and have subsequently gone on strike.

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Payam Sandika (Union Messenger) reports from Bushehr Petrochemical complex

The workers at the Bushehr Petrochemical Complex, South Pars, Asalouyeh, continued the 5th day of their strike on the morning of the Friday December 9th and with strong fury demanded a resolution to their pay issues. On the same day, the vice-manager of the site and the executive supervisor threatened to black list and dismiss the workers. The workers received the pink slips but said that they would sign the slips only after their pay and benefits are paid. Read more

Iranian Metalworkers and Mechanics Union supports Korean general strike

30 November 2016

Dear President Park,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran, affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, to support Korean unions in their general strike of 30 November and in their demand that you resign immediately. Read more

Iran continues to imprison trade unionists


As IndustriALL welcomes its first affiliated trade union from Iran, the country’s government continues to imprison labour leaders for their activities.

The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) was affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union at the Executive Committee in October 2016.

Notwithstanding, October was a dark month for trade unions in Iran. Read more

Message of solidarity- The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) stands in solidarity with the striking medical doctors in Sudan

10 October 2016

Dear comrades, colleagues, brothers and sisters in the Sudanese Doctors Union,

We have received the news that the courageous medical doctors in Sudan, members of the Sudanese Doctors Union, have commenced a strike action on 7th October in protest against the bankrupt policies of the corrupt and dictatorial Al-Bashir government.  We are delighted to hear that other sections of the organised workers and labour movement in Sudan have rallied behind your timely action.  Read more

Exclusive: Iran Today interviews Maziyar Gilaninejhad, the leader of the Iranian Metalworkers Union

Question: What is the state of the trade union movement in Iran? In particular, how would you describe the attitude of employers to workers’ rights – do they have any belief in the essential role of trade unions? Read more