Mr. Seyyed Ali Hosseini, 50, was summoned to the office of the plant manager after collecting a workers' petition protesting non-payments of wages, continuous pressure and harassment at workplace. The petition, signed by more than 200 workers, was addressed to the regime's president. When Hosseini reported to the manager's office, he was severely beaten by the manager and agents of the Intelligence Ministry. He died under their blows.
The names of workers who were behind the collection of the petition were given to the Intelligence Ministry by Khatami's office. Workers at Shiraz Cement Factory staged a 24-hour strike to protest the cold-blooded murder of Mr. Hosseini.
The NCR's Labor Committee Chairman Abbas Davari sent separate letters to the World Confederation of Labor (WCL) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), urging them to condemn this anti-labor and anti-human measure, drawing their attention to the deplorable situation of workers in Iran. Mr. Davari pointed out that Iranian workers have been deprived of the most elementary rights to set up their own trade unions and labor syndicates. He urged ILO and WCL to investigate the murder of Mr. Hosseini and condemn the theocratic dictatorship's crimes against Iranian workers.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
September 13, 1997