Jahan Chit workers in Karaj go on strike

Workers at Jahan Chit (or San'ati Jahan) textile factory in Karaj have been on strike for the last 10 days, reports from Iran say. The workers are protesting the non-payment of their long overdue wages and the pressures imposed on them.

On the first day of the strike, Jahan Chit workers gathered in front of the factory and chanted anti-government slogans. The regime's suppressive forces attacked them, however, arresting a number of workers and forcing the rest into the factory where they have continued their strike.

Jahan Chit factory, with 1,600 workers, is affiliated with the Mostaz'afan Foundation overseen by Khamenei. This conglomerate runs a considerable part of the country's economy, including the properties of the former regime and many industrial plants. The foundation is notoriously known for embezzling public funds and properties.

Last April, the International Labour Organization placed Iran's clerical regime on the black list of countries who violate workers' rights and labor conventions.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran draws the attention of international labor organizations and syndicates to the flagrant violations of Iranian workers' rights and the horrific conditions of their lives.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 28, 1997

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