– Joint Resolution for International Workers’ Day (Labour Organizations of Iran)

 – First Official Statement from the Organizing Council of the International Workers’ Day’s Ceremony -1389

 – Happy International Workers’ Day! Mohammad Abdipour and Mahmoud Salehi  

 – Alireza Mahjoub and the Workers’ House of the Islamic Republic of Iran-IASWI

 – SUPPORT THE IRANIAN WORKERS’ STRUGGLE AGAINST ISLAMIST-CAPITALIST REGIME-IASWI BRITAIN

 Sample Protest Letter: Free Mansour Osanloo!Free Ebrahim Madadi!

Free Ali Nejati!

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 Joint Resolution for International Workers’ Day (Labour Organizations of Iran)

May 1st is the day of international solidarity of the working class and a day for laborers to protest global poverty and inequality. On this day millions of workers around the world stop working, to conquer the streets and show their anger and disgust with the announcement of the numerous disasters that capitalism has inflicted on humanity, and scream for liberation from oppression and exploitation.

Resounding protest against the hardship of capitalism and inequality of workers will be heard all around the world on May 1st while prohibition of celebration of this day in Iran is in effect, and many organizing workers of the May 1388/2009 event have been convicted  and imprisoned and subjected to heavy sentences. Labor leaders and activists and are languishing in prison for defending their basic human rights.

Imposing such appalling lack of social rights for workers in conditions that in three decades of a capitalist system in Iran after the 1957 (1979) revolution, has reduced the minimum wage to a quarter below the poverty line and lack of timely payment of these wages and the firing of masses of workers, temporary contracts, have imposed hellish conditions on millions of workers families. Today more than ever to ensure the profitability of capital, factories are closed and subsidies cut in determination to cut the last threads of survival for millions of worker families and pour them into the pockets of investors.

But as we workers showed in the 1957 revolution as well as in recent years, we will not tolerate this misery and despite prison and repression will stand ahead with the people against violation of our most basic human rights and will not allow them to ruin our existence more. We are the main producers of all wealth and products in society and are entitled to human life in accordance with the highest standards of human life today.

In this context we also protest against circumstances since last Labor Day , since the masses in Iran have been exposed to suppression of their rights. We make the following demands and with immediate effect:

1 – We are free to organize – independent of the government and employers -to strike, protest, march, assemble and speak freely. This is our right and must be unconditional in recognition of the social rights of workers and the people of Iran.

2 – We see the plan to cut subsidies (by targeted subsidies) and the minimum wage of 303,000 Tomans as a gradual imposition of death of millions of working class families and demand immediate suspension of plans to cut subsidies and increase the minimum wage to one million Tomans.

3 – Workers wages in arrears are to be paid immediately and with no excuses. Non-payment of wages should be prosecuted as a crime and damages caused to the workers must be paid for.

4 – The Dismissal of Workers by any excuse must be stopped and those who are unemployed or have attained the age of employment and are prepared to work must be given suitable unemployment insurance until employed.

5 – We want to eliminate temporary contracts and the signing of blank contracts and demand employment security for all workers and wage recipients in accordance with the highest standards of health and safety. We demands the elimination of all state-created and cntrolled agencies from workplaces.  

6 – We demand the eradication of the death penalty and the immediate and unconditional release of Ebrahim Madadi, Mansour Osanloo, Ali Nejati and all labor activists and other social movements and protestors from prison and a stop to the persecution against them.

7 – We condemn any aggression towards workers’ and people’s protests and view this type of freedom of expression as an irredeemable right of the public.

8 – We want to eradicate all laws that are discriminatory to women and to ensure full equality and the unconditional rights of women and men in all areas of social, economic, political, cultural and family life.

9 – We want all pensioners to enjoy a prosperous life without economic concern and to eliminate any discrimination in the payment of retirement pensions and benefits from their social security and health care.

10 – Child labor must be eradicated and all children must be entitled to educational facilities, health and welfare, independent of gender and race, religion, or social and economic status of their parents.

11 – We hereby announce our support for all emancipatory social movements, and strongly condemn arrest, trial and imprisonment of activists of these movements.

12 – We announce strong support for the demands of teachers, nurses and other working classes of society and consider ourselves their allies, and call for the immediate realization of their demands.

13 – We are part of the world’s workers and strongly condemn the dismissal and imposition of any discrimination of Afghan migrant workers and other nationalities.

14 – We appreciate the international support towards workers’ struggles in Iran and express our adamant support for all protests and struggles of workers throughout the world; we consider ourselves their allies.  We more than ever before emphasize on international solidarity of working class as the path to liberation from the hardships of the capitalist system.

15 – May 1st must be declared an official holiday in the country and included in the official calendar and any restrictions regarding recognition of the anniversary of this day shall be abolished.

Long Live May 1st

Long live the international solidarity of workers

May 1, 2010

Ordibehesht 11, 1389

-Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company

-Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company

-The Free Union of Workers in Iran

-The Founding Board of Metal and Mechanic Workers’ Syndicate

-The Founding Board of the Syndicate of Painters

-Association of Kermanshah Electrical and Metal  Workers

-The Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Free Workers’ Organizations

-The Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations

-Association for the Defense of Dismissed and Unemployed Workers of Saghez

-The Women’s Council

Translated by Street Journalist (modified by the IASWI)

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First Official Statement from the Organizing Council of the International Workers’ Day’s Ceremony -1389

Apr 27, 2010

5pm, Saturday May 1st, 2010, Tehran, In front of the Ministry of Labour

Workers, Teachers, Students, Nurses, and all wage earners!

Men, Women and Freedom-loving people!

This year, International Workers’ Day on May 1st is the day to combine our democratic and liberal, economic and political demands.

Without collaboration between our economic demands through the power of our class and  liberal and democratic demands, our protests are will only serve as tools to empower other wings of capitalism. The concept of economic equality and social-political equality is meaningless without one another. This year, on International Workers’ Day we are protesting against poverty, inequality, low wages, unpaid salaries, lack of job security, elimination of subsidies, political and social repression and the suppression of human dignity.

On Workers’ Day of of 1389/2010 (Saturday, May 1st), the most important desires and demands of the public and especially those of labour workers as listed below, are included in our slogans. We will put all of our efforts to propose these demands not only on the day of this event, but at anytime, anywhere.

1 – We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners (including worker prisoners and teachers, students, child rights activists, journalists) and all prisoners of conscience and as well as those imprisoned following recent events. Protest and freedom of expression are among the basic and inalienable rights of the people. All judicial sentences for political-social activists and workers are to be cancelled and prosecution against them ceased.

2 – Freedom to form independent working class organizations and parties, freedom of association, and right to protest, strike and freedom of press and expression and thought are our absolute human rights.   We will not stop our struggles for the freedom to exercise these rights.

3 – The determination of 303,000 tomans as a minimum wage by the Supreme Council of the labour, when the poverty line as announced by several official institutions is 900,000 tomans, is a sign of the endless thirst of a capitalist system to exploit more workers and wage earners to maximize profit. We want the minimum wage to be announced by the representatives of independent worker organizations and their independent organizations based on a dignified and humanitarian life.

4 – We go up against anti-human, barbaric and profit-based plan of the removal of subsidies ( targeting the goods’ subsidies) that is nothing but complaisance to serve the interests of domestic and global capitalism. We will not stop any strike and protest and are inviting the public to widely protest against these anti-people action.

5 – We emphasize the necessity of providing retirees with the basic needs for a dignified life, and want the elimination of all modern slavery systems and its methods, including the signing of blank contracts and temporary contracts.

6 – We want all members of society to benefit from free education, health care and public services.

7 – Other social movements like women’s and children’s rights movements and the student movement are our allies, and we consider any offense towards them, an attack towards workers’ movement and an invasion of human dignity of the majority of our society.

8 – We support migrant workers, including Afghan immigrants in Iran, and count ourselves in the international fight in support of the needs and demands of all workers of the world. We also demands that May 1st be recognized as a national holiday without restriction on ceremonies of all kind on this day.

Long live international solidarity of the working class

 

The Organizing Council of the International Workers’ Day’s Ceremony -1389

(1may1389@gmail.com)

The Organizing Council of the International Workers’ Day’s Ceremony of 1389 (2010) taking into consideration various times and locations, while inviting other individuals and groups whom had suggested other places due to delay in announcing the program and lack of cohesion for a predetermined program, announces that we workers, independent of any demands and programs affiliated with any political group will come together with our slogans on Saturday, May 1st, and shout our demands, including the above eight demands).

International Workers’ Day celebration: Tehran, 5 pm,  Freedom Street, in front of the Ministry of Labour, followed by a march towards Revolution Square, (crossing Khosh St., Rudaki St., Navab St., Eskandari St., Jamalzadeh St. and the Revolution Square) and in other cities in front of the Ministry of labour offices or other places and times determined by workers themselves.

Translated by: St. Journalist- (Modified by the IASWI)

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Happy International Workers’ Day!

Mohammad Abdipour and Mahmoud Salehi – (Iran,Saghez)

We would like to acknowledge all working men and women on May 1st, International Workers’ Day, the day of war of the working classes against capitalism. We take this opportunity to sympathize with the 50 million workers all around the world who are unemployed, half of them as result of the recent crisis of capitalist recession. They comprise just one part of the unemployed world whose names appear on the International Labor Organization’s list. On this day we send our greetings to all workers in France, Italy, America, England, Korea and other countries who struggle with capitalism, who in some cases have been brought to their knees and and announce our solidarity with them. World conditions, are such right now, that if we do not fight capitalism more than ever, they will put the weight of the crisis on our shoulders and will impose more severe disasters upon us. The world situation has proved that even the best aspect of the bourgeoisie and its governments have no authority to run the world. They are pushing our planet towards barbarism and only consistent workers and allies who understand their class interests can offer salvation by relying upon their experiences and achievements.

On International Workers’ Day, our workers must be able to hold street protests to remind rulers of their world-class achievements and their demands. Upstanding people will use this day to praise workers and make them count. But here capitalists try to prevent it through coercion and imprisonment. They think if workers can parade as a class and hold self-organizing ceremonies they will make increased demands for better working and living conditions. We should remind these people that we workers know who we are and where we stand. On this day workers pronounce to capitalists that they are harmful, to live on our wages, that instead of arranging a humanitarian society have raised hell for us. We declare that  our richness in natural resources is due to the hard work of labor workers. Therefore, workers want to know why the minimum wage is 303 Tomans per month, in other words three times below the poverty line. Why jobs and adequate unemployment insurance are denied from more than four million qualified people? What have you done to raise the standard of living for these people? Isn’t it a disgrace that 2 million homeless children live on the streets? What you have done to solve this problem? Why are women and children forced to the black market with the lowest wages and worst working conditions. Blank and temporary contracts have replaced formal contracts. What have you done to solve this problem? What have you done for millions of young people who do not even see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel? Of course, we know you will not do anything beneficial for the working people unless by force. That is why workers are in the process of developing organizations and imposing our power. Of course you may imprison us for defending our rights like Mansoor Osanloo, Ali Nejati and other workers activists, but repressive actions do not scare us.

This year on May 1st at our self-organizing functions we express our demands and set out to achieve them. We on this day express our solidarity with the world’s workers and ask for a free society that is prosperous and equal. We want freedom of expression, association and assembly, and the freedom to strike. Anyone who lives in this country must be housed and a starting wage until they become employed and are ready to enter the work force. We urge equal pay for men and women. We want to stop child labor and provide for their full life, education, recreation and safety –  for all children including street children. We want to provide jobs for all workers and give them adequate unemployment insurance until they find jobs. We want to stop blank and temporary contracts and stop any temporary deportation. We demand the appeal of the minimum wage. Political prisoners are to be released and immune from future prosecution. We want the possibility of providing employment, recreation and education in a safe environment to higher levels for women and young men. Last year we voiced our demands at several ceremonies in Tehran, Sanandaj, Saghez and elsewhere. This year we are standing our ground against any type of loans or grants to investors and industrialists to resolve a crisis that is caused by capitalists. And the government is bound to deposit this money into an unemployment insurance fund so all workers can reap the benefits.

Once again we would like to congratulate all workers on May 1st, the international day for the war of the working classes, the one day war against capitalism.

Mohammad Abdipour and Mahmoud Salehi – Saghez

27April 2010

Translated by Street Journalist

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Alireza Mahjoub and the Workers’ House of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Alireza Mahjoub General Secretary of Islamic Republic’s Workers’ House and a MP in his latest statement about May 1st has said:” International Day of Workers is an opportunity for all workers of the world to unite and pursue their demands with one voice.”

Mr. Mahjoub has forgotten to add that the individual uttering such statement (himself) is:

-General Secretary of an organization that has as its central program for “Workers’ Week” a renewal of oath with ideals of Khomeini in his mausoleum, and a visit to Ayatullah Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader, while Mansour Osanloo, Ebrahim Madadi, Ali Nejati and tens of other labor activists, and hundreds of students, women’s and human rights activists are incarcerated and being tortured to death in prisons of Khamenei.

-General Secretary of an organization whose Islamic Councils and Societies have been a central instrument of repression for labour activists and labour movement for the past 30 years.

-General Secretary of an organization whose thugs cut the tongue of Mansour Osanloo, president and elected representative of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company.

-General Secretary of an organization that by using intimidation, expulsion, and incarceration against members of sugarcane workers’ Syndicate of Haft Tapeh and their elected representatives, have formed an “Islamic Labour Council” in vain hopes of replacing a genuine workers’ organization.

– Member of Islamic Parliament which for the past 30 years has devastated lives of all Iranian workers. A parliament which has dispossessed overwhelming majority of Iranian workers from any legal protection, and imposed absolute poverty through its Capitalist neo-liberal policies.

Mr. Mahjoub has been a central agent for repression of workers during the wretched years of Islamic Reaction.

Fortunately throughout the world many labour activists and workers’ organizations, unions, syndicates and progressive groups and parties, due to years of support and solidarity with Iranian workers are fully aware of the reactionary nature of Islamic labour councils and societies and the “Workers’ House” of Mr. Mahjoub. What would be truly astonishing for them is Mr. Mahjoub’s degree of impudence and disrespect.

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran

April 21, 2010

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SUPPORT THE IRANIAN WORKERS’ STRUGGLE AGAINST ISLAMIST-CAPITALIST REGIME

The capitalist system under the Islamic regime in Iran has condemned working people to extreme exploitation and poverty. The whole economy is in crisis. Every month, factory after factory are closed down; thousands of workers lose their jobs and ending up in streets without any social security. According to official figures, the rate of unemployment amongst 16 to 30 years old is 25%. Many of those who still have a job have not been paid for months and in some case for more than two years. While the official poverty line is $900 per month, the minimum wage set by government and bosses is only $300.

The workers are denied even basic rights. There is no freedom of expression and no free press. Independent workers’ organisations, unions and strikes are banned. Workers, who protest against these unbearable working conditions, factory closures and unpaid wages, face the suppressive and brutal force of the regime. Yet workers’ struggles have been going on. In 2005, 8,000 bus workers in Tehran set up their independent union (the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company) and went on strike. The strike was ruthlessly crushed by the police and security forces. Hundreds of workers were arrested and dozens of members of the union were sacked. The leader of the union Mansour Osanloo and his deputy Ebrahim Madadi are in prison.  However, the union is still active, although in a semi-underground condition.

In 2007, thousands of workers in Haft Tapeh’s Sugar Cane Company in southern Iran fought a long battle against a company closure. They demonstrated in their thousands and went on strike, and in the process set up their independent union (Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company). The workers were successful in saving their jobs. The regime, following its brutal attack on workers during the strike, sacked and arrested several members of board of the syndicate and charged them with prison sentences. Ali Nejati, president of the syndicate is currently in prison.

On May Day 2009, hundreds of worker activists from several independent workers organisations, set up a rally in a park in the centre of Tehran to celebrate May Day and to demand their basic rights. The rally was attacked by security guards, participants were severely beaten and many were arrested. However, this rally was yet again a clear indication of the courage and determination of Iranian workers to fight against inhuman economic and political conditions imposed on them by Islamic regime.

It is within this context that the after the June 2009 undemocratic and rigged presidential elections, millions of people took to the streets and demonstrated for several months against the regime, demanding real change. The demonstrators were brutally attacked by security forces and police. As a result, more than a hundred people were killed; thousands were arrested and put in prison. The prisoners are tortured and there are confirmed reports that many detainees, women and men, have been raped.

 We demand the immediate and unconditional release of jailed workers and all political prisoners in Iran.

Your union and labour organizations can support the Iranian workers’ struggle against the suppressive Islamic-capitalist regime and for a better society. Contact us to find out how.

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran-Britain

http://www.etehadbinalmelali.com/

info@workers-iran.org

BM Box 2699, London WC1N 3XX 

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Free Mansour Osanloo! Free Ebrahim Madadi! Free Ali Nejati!

Please use any part or the entire Sample Protest Letter:

Sample Protest Letter- Updated, April 28, 2010

I (we) am (are) writing this protest letter in support of workers’ and human rights in Iran.

All attacks on the labour movement and activists in Iran must stop immediately:

Free Osanoloo, Madadi and Nejati Now!

– Ali Nejai, Presidnet of  “Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Workers’ Syndicate” has been in jail since November 2009. He was charged and condemned to six months imprisonment and six months suspended sentences. He, and most other members of the Syndicate’s Board, have been expelled from the company and banned from involvement in any labour activities including running for any elected union positions for three years. All this only because of their efforts to form an independent labour organization.

– Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi, president and vice president of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, continue to be in jail and have been sentenced to 5 years and 3.5 years jail respectively. Mansour Osanloo, jailed since July 2007, has been constantly harassed and jailed while in Rejaee Shahr Prison. He has been targeted by some prisoners as well which seems to have been provoked by the jail authorities. According to the latest news from Iran, jailed authorities are accusing Osanloo of connection with the “enemies” of the regime and have recently been signing a petition to increase sentences and punishments against him.

– Mr. Farzad Kamangar, a teacher and human rights activist, has been sentenced to death.  See this link: http://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/show.php?id=1170&theme=rights&country=iran

I (we) condemn these continuous attacks on human and workers’ rights in Iran. I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all political prisoners and the above incarcerated labour activists. We demand annulment of the death sentence against Farzad Kamangar. We are calling on the Iranian government authorities to immediately end all harassments and threats against Mansour Osanloo.   

I (we) would also like to let the Iranian government know that we stand in solidarity with workers’ struggles in Iran for social justice, equality and freedom. I (we) ask the Iranian government to fully respect workers’ and human rights including freedom of speech and expression, and the rights to organize, protest, assemble and strike. On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, we call on the Iranian government to respect workers’ rights to assemble, rally and commemorate May Day.

We call on the IRI to put an end to persecution of labour activists and social justice organizations and not to impede their activities. No one should be persecuted, jailed and assaulted because of practicing their fundamental human rights. Torture and executions must be stopped immediately.

Name:

Organization:

Position:

Send Copy of your Protest Letters to:

info@leader.ir, info@judiciary.ir, iran@un.int; ijpr@iranjudiciary.org, info@dadiran.ir, office@justice.ir, ilo@ilo.org; cabinet@ilo.org; eastgulf@amnesty.org; hrwgva@hrw.org

CC: info@workers-iran.org

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International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)

info@workers-iran.org

http://www.etehadbinalmelali.com

http://www.workers-iran.org

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