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
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
Seventeen workers from Agh Dareh gold mine in Iran were publicly flogged in May, while a prominent jailed union activist has embarked on a hunger strike.
Workers at the gold mine in the northwestern city of Tikaab were flogged after protesting against the firing of 350 of their colleagues. They each received between 30 and 99 lashes. Their employer filed a complaint against them for the protest action, and the sentence was carried out by the security services. Read more
In the past three years, we repeatedly stated that the employers will do anything and everything to get rid of the labour activists. From the false promise of the Minster of Labour to workers of the Bafgh mine that “the security forces will not interfere with the strike”, to the High Judicial Office of Khuzestan what issued a statement that “…Gathering, and disrupting the order in the petrochemical companies is against the law and regulations and will be dealt with according to the laws.” (From ILNA, 23/11/2015) Read more