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
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
In Solidarity with the members and leaders of the Oil and Petrochemical Workers’ Confederation
On Sunday 17th April we received reports of recent attacks by the state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC) and the government of Kuwait against workers in the oil sector in that country and their union, the Oil and Petrochemical Workers’ Confederation (OPIWC). Read more
Maziyar Gilaninejhad of the Union of the Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) talks about the challenges and struggles of Iranian workers, and the likely effects of the nuclear deal on the economy. Read more
During the last few days before the start of the meetings to determine the national minimum wage for the next year ( 21st March2016- 20th March 2017) we are witnessing: Read more
We are starting the 6th year of the ‘Message of Syndicate’, the only workers’ periodical in Iran at a time that the labour news is at its forefront. It has taken the efforts of many people to develop the ‘Message of Syndicate’ from brother Saleh to Millad. Step by step this publication became a voice of justice for the workers and has deepened its worker character. Read more
With the ending of the nuclear negotiations between Iran and 5+1 there has been an unprecedented increase in attacks on labour and civic activists. As we had anticipated the subject of [Iranian] cheap labour was part of the agreement in these negotiations. Read more