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Iran: release imprisoned trade unionists Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi

05.09.2017 IndustriALL Global Union has written to the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, demanding an end to the repression of trade unionists, and calling for the release of Reza Shahabi

IndustriALL Global Union calls on Government of Iran to immediately release imprisoned union leaders and respect fundamental labour rights

Geneva, 05 September 2017   Mr. Hassan Rouhani President Islamic Republic of Iran Email:  media@rouhani.ir; mission.iran@ties.itu.int Dear Mr. President Hassan Rouhani,   I am writing this letter to you as

Whose interests are threatened by Trade Union campaigns

Iran has witnessed the imposition of a wave of unprecedented restrictions on the legitimate trade union activities of workers syndicates since the beginning of this year. On 28 April, MaziarGilani-Nejad, a member of the Union of Metalworkers

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

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

Iran continues to imprison trade unionists

26.10.2016

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

Flogged and jailed: workers in Iran face repression

24.06.2016

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

Whipping the Manufacturing and the Back of the Workers

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

Free All Detained Trade Unionists in Kuwait

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

Iranian workers struggle for justice

25.02.2016

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

The Message of the Nuclear Agreement [P5+1] for the Iranian Workers

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

Five Years of Continuous Action

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

Editorial- Message of Syndicate

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