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IndustriALL Global union ask for the release of trade union activists arrested on May Day in Tehran

Dear Mr. President Hassan Rouhani, 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

Message of the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union to Union of the Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran

Dear Comrades, I wish to thank you very much for your solidarity message.  IndustriALL Global Union fully appreciates the struggle of the Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI), and is

2019 May Day Greetings!

Dear Comrades of IndustriALL Global Union On the eve of May Day, the International Workers Day, the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) once again salutes you, and

Solidarity with of the Confederation of Progressive Trade unions of Turkey

To the General Secretary of DISK To the Executive Committee of DISK Dear Comrades of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) We have been informed that Comrade

Union activists tortured in Iran as strike wave spreads

06.12.2018 A wave of strike action across the province of Khuzestan has led to the arrest and torture of leading activists. Workers at the Iran National Steel plant in Ahvaz

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

New Year Greetings – 2016!

Peace Picaso
The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) sends Season’s Greetings to
trade unions and workers’ organisations across the world campaigning for rights and better
working conditions and to all their members everywhere.
We hope that the year 2016 heralds peace, happiness, health and success in all
aspects of your lives.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your solidarity with Iranian workers
and trade unionists. Our dearest wish is that the future will be brighter and better for all of
us.
Maziyar Gilaninejad
The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran