Workers' strikes in Iran

Hundreds of workers at Chitsazi textile factory in Behshahr, northern Iran, stopped work last week to protest non-payment of their wages and New Year bonuses. They gathered in front of the governor's office. The protesters also blocked the Behshahr-Gorgan transit road and prevented all traffic.

At the same time, workers at Persan factory in Rasht, northern Iran, staged a protest on March 17 against non-payment of their salaries. They burnt a large number of tires on Rasht-Fouman road and halted the traffic. It is six months since Persan workers were last paid their wages. The factory did not pay them any New Year bonus. Workers have threatened to stage a march and commit suicide en masse if their delayed wages and bonuses are not paid within a week.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran draws the attention of human rights organizations as well as the labor unions and syndicates to the violation of the most fundamental rights of Iranian workers and calls for condemnation of the anti-labor policies of the medieval dictatorship ruling Iran.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 26, 1998

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