Citing a report by the Committee of Experts and the widespread abuse of the international labor rights conventions by the Khomeini regime, the ILO's Committee on the Application of Standards decided yesterday to include a special paragraph concerning the situation of work and workers in Iran in its final report.
In addition, it decided to keep the Iranian regime on the list of countries which violate the rights of workers and freedom of syndicates.
Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance, congratulated Iranian workers and toilers on this victory. Owing to endeavors of the Iranian Resistance's representatives, he said, the mullahs failed in their scheme to evade censure.
The NCR President emphasized: The time has come for the international community to employ all means at its disposal, including a trade and oil boycott, to punish the criminal rulers of Iran for their widespread violations of the rights of all of Iran's people, especially women and workers. This is particularly imperative now that a Court in Berlin confirmed the direct role of the highest officials of the mullahs' regime in the murder and assassination of opponents, and the European Union decided to suspend critical dialogue with Iran's ruling theocracy.
According to the regime's official sources, 200,000 Iranian workers filed complaints against their employers during last year alone. The mullahs routinely dismiss or lay off workers. Even blue and white collar workers already employed, do not receive their salaries, basic insurance and bonuses on a regular basis.
Last year, dozens of strikes and protests by blue and white-collar workers erupted across the country, including the protest by 2,000 oil workers in Tehran, which were brutally suppressed by the regime. Hundreds of workers were arrested and imprisoned.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
June 10, 1997