October 2, 2007
Ending oppression and threats against Iranian worker activists;
Unconditional and immediate release of detained worker leaders Mahmoud Salehi, Mansour Asanlou, and Ebrahim Madadi;
Condemnation and prohibition of lashing worker activists;
Condemnation of the attacks against the picket lines of the workers of Shoushtar Paper Factory and the threats against the leaders of protests at Haft-tape Sugar Factory;
are the immediate and urgent demands of workers in Iran. Workers in Iran are in need of strong worldwide support!
I write to inform you that 4000 workers of Haft-tape Sugar Factory, which is located at vicinity of Shoush in province of Khouzestan, south of Iran, have started a strike since September 29 because their wages have not been paid for three months. The workers form picket lines and demonstrate in front of the factory and the governorship of Shoush everyday; they demand their wages. So far they have not received any response. Unpaid wages is a serious problem that these workers face. On other occasions workers could acquire some of their wages and benefits through struggles and strikes. These workers demand the immediate reimbursement of their three month delayed wages, immediate reimbursement of their benefits, dismissal of management of the factory, actualizing job classification plan, return of the factory residences to workers, reimbursement of insurances and providing job security, freedom to organize and strike. The workers also demand freedom of expression and they request news coverage of their protests in state media.
The police and Special Forces continuously assault haft-tape workers. The leaders of the protests are detained and are perpetually threatened. However, Haft-tape workers have announced that they would continue their struggle until acquiring their demands. Haft-tape workers are in need of massive international support.
More than a million workers in Iran face the problem of unpaid wages. 12000 workers of Karoun Kesht-o Sanat Company in Shoushtar have threatened to go on strike if their wages are not reimbursed immediately. On September 25, 230 workers of Karoun Paper Factory in Shoushtar gathered in front of the governorship to protest the six months unpaid wages. The protests continued for three days. The workers have been told that wages would be paid within a week. Workers have announced that if the wages would not be reimbursed they would continue their protests. Police forces attacked the lines of protesting workers; two workers, Hamid Behdarvand and Mehdi Baqeri, got hospitalized because of pepper spray. Three workers, Qeysar Nasseri, Nader tahmasebi, and Ahmad Elahi, were arrested. They were released due to continuing protests.
In order to break the emerging wave of mass protests and growing worker strikes and demonstrations, and to push back the resistance atmosphere in the society, the Islamic regime
has intensified the attacks and pressure against workers and people. However, workers continue their fight. The Islamic Republic has started public executions; the number of arrests has grown; the pressure on political prisoners have been intensified, and worker activists have been sentenced to lashes and prison. Eleven workers that had been arrested on May Day were sentenced to 90 days of imprisonment and 10 lashes. Their names are Khaled Savari, Eqbal Latifi, Yadollah Moradi, Tayyeb Molayei, Fars Goveyliyan, Sadiq Amjadi, Habibullah Kalkani, Muhiyiddin Rajabi, Tayyeb Chatani, Sadiq Sobhani, and Abbas Andaryari. Two well-known worker leaders in Sanandaj, Sheys Amani and Sadiq Karimi, have been sentenced to 2.5 years of prison. Four other worker activists, Ata Hoseyni, Kamel Hakimi, Khaled Bikhali, and Anwar Hoseynzad, who had been arrested during the demonstration for release of Mahmoud Salehi, have been sentenced to 40 lashes and 91 days of prison.
Workers’ protests have become an important means to push back the new wave of atrocities of the Islamic Republic. Therefore, supporting the workers in Iran has become more important than ever.
The workers in Iran are in need of massive international solidarity similar to February 15, 2006 and the past August 9. We can push back the attacks of the Islamic regime by a showcase of massive international workers’ solidarity. Your current support has already been effective. Consequently, the Iranian people and workers are trying more than ever to have their voice heard all around the world. We appreciate your current support and ask you to strongly uphold the continuing struggle of workers in Iran.
Coordinator of the International Labor Solidarity Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran
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