Iran: Workers of Haft Tappeh sugar mill go on strike again

Protests by workers of Haft Tapeh sugar mill, Khuzestan province

Protests by workers of Haft Tappeh sugar mill, Khuzestan province

Iran, January. 11, 2019 – On Thursday, the workers of Haft Tappeh sugar mill, located in Khuzestan province’s Shush city, went on strike and demonstrated in front of the offices of the managers of the company.

The workers held a gathering at the location of the factory and declared they would not be working because the company has not paid their salaries. The workers had said that if their demands are not met, they will go on strike and return to the streets of Shush for demonstrations. Come Thursday, they began their strike as promised.

It’s worth mentioning that the Iranian regime’s prosecutor’s office had previously declared that the workers’ paychecks for the month of November would be paid on Tuesday, January 8. But the prosecutor’s office later revoked its declaration and said there would be no payment before the sugarcane harvest enters the company’s stores.

The strike is taking place following a declaration made by a group of workers of Haft Tapeh. The organizers had called on their co-workers to protest in their workplaces and to go on strike if they don’t get their two-month-overdue paychecks.

Haft Tappeh is Iran’s largest sugarcane factory and employs thousands of workers in Khuzestan.

The workers of Haft Tappeh went on a month-long strike in November, demanding the payment of their overdue salaries and the removal of the company’s private owners, whose mismanagement and corrupt policies have caused the deterioration of work conditions for the factory’s workers.

During their protests, the workers of Haft Tappeh earned the support and respect of many communities and various segments of the Iranian society. The strike of Haft Tapeh also became strongly tied to the protests by the steel workers of Ahvaz, who had been striking for similar reasons.

Fearing the strike would trigger protests in other parts of the country, the Iranian regime cracked down on the protesters, arresting several of the workers and taking them to prison. Esmail Bakhshi, one of the representatives of the workers who was arrested and imprisoned by the Iranian regime’s security forces, recently published a detailed account of the tortures he was subjected to during his incarceration.

The Iranian regime has resorted to similar measures against the steel workers of Ahvaz. But without responding to the fundamental and basic needs of the workers, the regime has only managed to buy a limited amount of time for itself. As the resurgence of the protests of Haft Tapeh sugarcane workers shows, it is only a matter of time before the flame of protests will rise from under the ashes of repression.

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Iran: Third day of truckers’ new nationwide strike

Reported by PMOI/MEK

Iran, Dec. 24, 2018 – Truck drivers throughout Iran have launched a new, fifth round of nationwide strikes across the country and Monday marks the third day of this latest movement. The drivers are protesting low wages as prices are skyrocketing throughout the country.

One driver in Lorestan Province, western Iran, reported the beltway around the city of Dorud was completely empty of any trucks.


Truckers on strike in Neishabur, northeast Iran

A video from loading station in Tehran, the capital of Iran, also shows a large number of trucks parked, indicating their drivers are all on strike.

Truck drivers in Sanandaj, western Iran, also sent a message saying they have joined this nationwide movement. They also sent a video of the city’s loading station where the trucks are all parked and the drivers are refusing to transfer any loads.

Another video also shows no trucks on a highway linking Tehran to Bandar Abbas.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi sent a message through her Twitter account praising the truck drivers’ brave protest movement.

Iran: 38th Day of Demonstration of Steel Workers Supported by Ahvaz Citizens Despite Dozens of Arrests and Repressive Measures

The arrest of representatives of Ahvaz Steel workers and protesters, which started last midnight (Sunday, December 16), continued on Monday, December 17. The number of detainees has reached dozens, the names of 31 of whom have been published so far.

At the same time, the mullahs’ regime had stationed repressive forces from the Ministry of Intelligence, riot police and forces affiliated with the IRGC and IRGC intelligence in various sensitive locations in Ahvaz so that workers could not continue their protests. However, the workers, despite the fact that they were surrounded by oppressive forces in some places, continued to demonstrate with slogans such as: “Imprisoned workers must be freed”.

Workers, being threatened by repressive forces, said they would continue their demonstrations until the release of the arrested and achieving their demands.
Workers and laborers from different parts of Iran, including the Tehran Bus Company workers’ syndicate and truck drivers in various parts of Iran, expressed their solidarity with Ahvaz workers and called for the immediate release of the detainees.

Saluting the brave and adamant workers of Ahvaz, the Iranian Resistance described the brutal and mass arrests on Sunday night and on Monday as indication of the frustration of religious fascism in the face of the strikes and protests of workers, and called on all workers and youth and students, especially in Ahvaz and Khuzestan, to support the striking workers of Ahvaz. It also called on international human rights and workers’ rights advocates and workers’ unions and syndicates in different countries to support the striking workers who are protesting for their basic rights, and to take necessary measures for the release of the arrestees.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 17, 2018

Iran: Strikes, protests reported in Tehran & across the country

Iran, Dec. 3, 2018 – As the regime ruling Iran faces increasing regional and global isolation, protests and strikes are escalating across the country, causing an even more concerning crisis for the mullahs’ regime.


Open University students rallying outside Rouhani’s office

A group of retired teachers from across Iran rallied in the capital, Tehran, on Sunday, protesting not receiving answers to their demands. Their gathering was held outside Rouhani’s office.

Minibus drivers were rallying outside Tehran’s City Council building, protesting unjust fines imposed on their line of work.


Tehran – Minibus drivers holding a protest rally outside the City Council building

A group of drivers of the Greater Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate, and members of the Sepidar 2 and 3 housing projects, rallied outside the company office building demanding their houses after placing down payments.

In Hamedan, western Iran, taxi drivers launched a strike on Sunday protesting heavy tolls imposed on their line of work.


Hamedan – Taxi drivers on strike

High school students in Najaf Abad, central Iran, rallied on Sunday protesting poor educational programs, the addition of irrelevant books and criteria. Their gathering was held outside the city’s Education Department.


Najaf Abad – High school students protesting

Employees of the Bandar Shapour municipality in southern Iran held a protest rally demanding their delayed paychecks.

Bandar-e Khomeini – Municipality workers holding a protest rally

Bandar-e Khomeini – Municipality workers holding a protest rally

City rail workers of Ahvaz rallied for the second day on Sunday, protesting the fact that their paychecks have been delayed for 18 months. The workers were seen spreading symbolic table sheets on the ground to indicate they have nothing to eat.

Ahvaz – Second day of city railway workers’ protests

Ahvaz – Second day of city railway workers’ protests

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Sources from across Iran are continuing to report numerous protests and strikes by people from all walks of life.

In Kerman, clients of the Caspian credit firm, associated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), held a protest rally outside the company branch chanting:

“Where is the people’s money?”

“With all this embezzlement, where are the thieves heading?”

“Thieves are all hand in hand, closing the path of justice”

In Karaj, west of Tehran, personnel of the local Khomeini Hospital held a rally once again on Thursday, demanding their delayed pay checks.

In Sabzevar, northeast Iran, a group of Hakim Sabzevari University students held a gathering protesting intensive security atmosphere and crackdown measures on campus. The students are saying one of the university’s deputy deans is constantly opening more cases against student activists.

In Babol, northern Iran, clients of a regime-linked credit firm rallied on this day, demanding their stolen money returned. This gathering was held outside the city’s mayor office.

In Khorramabad, western Iran, municipality workers of the city’s third district held a protest rally demanding their pay checks that have been delayed for the past few months.

Iran opposition President hails truckers’ ongoing strike

Iran truck drivers' strike runs in to the 3rd week
Iran truck drivers’ strike runs in to the 3rd week

Truck drivers across Iran are continuing their nationwide strike and marking the 15th consecutive day on Sunday. The truckers’ strike, beginning on September 23rd, has spread to over 310 cities across Iran.

Reports indicate Iranian regime authorities have to this day arrested around 250 of the protesting drivers. Despite these repressive measures and other threats, the truck drivers are braving all odds and continuing their strike and protests.

The loading station in Ahvaz of Khuzestan Province, in southwest Iran, remain closed, sources say.

The Ahvaz Steel Industries warehouse remains full of goods as truckers continue their strike in all of the country’s 31 provinces.

Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), sent a message hailing the truckers’ nationwide strike and encouraging to continue their protests as their movement enters its third week.

A truck driver from Urmia in northwest Iran says the loading station was completely empty without a single driver. Normally, a large number of trucks would be seen taking on new loads. All drivers are on strike, he says, and none are accepting any new loads.

Another driver in the New Shapur district of Isfahan, central Iran, says he and all his colleagues are on strike. All the drivers are rallying outside the city loading station.

The petrochemical site in the city of Bojnord reports all drivers are strike.

In Zanjan, northwest Iran, all the truck drivers are on strike at the local loading station and not showing any signs of backing down.

In Aligudarz, western Iran, none of the drivers have accepted a new load and remain fully committed to the nationwide strike.

In Mahalat, central Iran, nearly 200 to 300 trucks with their flat-beds are parked as their drivers remain loyal to the nationwide protest movement and strike.

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Saturday signaled the 14th consecutive day of this strike launched by thousands of truck drivers, protesting low paychecks, skyrocketing prices for spare parts and tires, and authorities refusing to respond to the truckers’ righteous demands.

This strike, despite all the obstacles, has been able to continue in the face of numerous threats and plots launched by Iranian regime authorities.

The truckers were specifically seen continuing their strike in the cities of Shiraz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Assad Abad, Borujen, Kashan, Khorramabad, Tehran, Bandar Abbas, Malayer, Saveh, Yazd, Mobarakeh, Fouladshahr, Zanjan and Hamedan.

In Bushsher, southern Iran, the unloading process for ships has been disrupted severely due to the truckers’ ongoing strike.

The Iranian truckers’ nationwide strike has gained media coverage in the United States, Canada, Australia and a variety of Arabic outlets.

A female driver has joined the truckers’ strike and sent a message calling on all her colleagues to continue their protests until their demands are fully met.

An Iranian woman truck driver

An Iranian woman truck driver

In Najaf Abad of Isfahan Province in central Iran the protesting truck drivers intended to form a column in a show of their strong will to continue this strike. Local police, however, blocked their path and prevented any such measures.

In Ahvaz, industrial steel warehouses are full and no truck are available to transfer them to their end locations.

On Friday, authorities dispatched 20 plainclothes agents to a loading station in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, to claim truck drivers have ended their strike. However, the protesting truck drivers quickly foiled this plot by taking their own footage of the same loading station to show the site being empty and prove that the truckers are continuing their strike.

Despite all the pressures and threats resorted to by Iranian regime authorities, the strike has currently spread to more than 310 cities in all of Iran’s 31 provinces.

For two weeks now truck drivers in over 300 cities across Iran have been continuing their nationwide protests. Strikes, protests and the all-out uprising in Iran has transformed into an ongoing movement, placing its impacts on the country’s political spectrum on a daily basis.

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During the past few days, despite threats and other measures resorted to by the authorities, and despite the fact that over 170 protesting drivers have been arrested, in addition to all the difficulties for those bravely joining this strike, the courageous truck drivers of Iran are continuing their protest movement, showing no sign of succumbing to the regime’s demands.

This strike, following the major Dec/Jan uprising across the country, and the major protests witnessed in August, is the third round of a nationwide movement engulfing the entire country in the past eight months alone.

It is worth noting that workers, teachers and other employees of various branches of Iran’s society are legally forbidden to establish their own independent syndicates or unions. Despite this important shortage, we continue to witness the truckers launch yet another round of nationwide protests in the past five months, protesting the plundering witnessed by the regime’s authorities.

Iranian regime officials are seen resorting to threats, intimidation and crackdown, in their attempt to canvas this issue as a security matter that shakes the regime’s pillars and demands drastic measures by the authorities to put down this movement.

Col. Kavous Mohammadi, a police deputy of Fars Province in south-central Iran, described the protesting drivers on strike as “disruptors” of order. In a TV interview aired on September 29th, he went on to say 22 drivers were arrested for disrupting order and security in the country’s roads.

Head of the so-called judiciary in Fars Province has accused the protesting truckers of “corruption on Earth,” a vaguely worded accusation that can be interpreted to pursue the regime’s interests.

Again, these measures have failed to cause any fear among the courageous truck drivers.

The truck drivers’ strike has gained the support of international bodies, including the International Transportation Workers Federation. This entity has voiced extreme concerns over the arrest of the protesting drivers. ITF specifically announces its solidarity and stands alongside Iran’s drivers in their struggle to realize their rights.

This new round of the truck drivers’ protests has significantly highlighted a few specific characteristics, including:

  • Protests and strikes by people from all walks of life has transformed into a political-economic crisis directly targeting Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
  • The truckers’ continuing strike enjoys the support of farmers, teachers, and college students. Many people across Iran feel sympathy with the truckers, understanding the pains they’re going through.
  • Poverty has spread throughout the society at such a rate that people literally feel they have nothing to lose.
  • The ruling regime can no longer provide for the public’s needs and cannot take any steps forwards.

As a result, the regime’s resorting to threats, intimidation, arrests and even possible executions will no longer downgrade the protests seen launched by truck drivers today and people from all walks of life throughout Iran.

 

Iran: Thousands of truckers continue nationwide strike

The truck drivers_ nationwide strike in Iran entered its 9th consecutive day
The truck drivers’ nationwide strike in Iran entered its 9th consecutive day

Iran, Oct. 1, 2018 – The truck drivers’ nationwide strike in Iran entered its 9th consecutive day on Monday, spreading to new cities and the four corners of the country. Despite the fact that Iranian regime authorities arrested over 120 of the protesting drivers, parallel to the mullahs’ judiciary authorities and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) resorting to voicing verbal threats, the drivers are courageously continuing their strike and paying no attention to the regime’s threatening measures.

The nationwide strike of the truckers, entering its second week, is intensifying the crisis inside the clerical regime whose leaders are increasingly horrified from its continuation and spread. In this regard, Iranian regime attorney general Mohammad Jafar Montazeri is now threatening to execute the strikers.

“According to the information we have, in some routes, some of the cities, there are elements who are provoking some of the truckers, or possibly blocking them and creating problems for them. They are subject to the rules and regulations of banditry and the punishment of the bandits according to the law is very severe, sometimes resulting in the death penalty,” he said on September 29th as cited by Iranian regime state media.

At the same time, Ali al-Qasimehr, the chief justice of the Fars Province, accused the strikers of “corruption on earth,” and IRGC Brigadier General Mohammad Sharafi, one of the commanders of State Security Forces, threatened the protesters with harsh action.

However, two days earlier, the Fars Province Transportation Director General had called the strike of truck drivers as rumors.

“It’s been a few days that rumors about truck drivers’ strike have been circulating in the media and cyberspace. This misuse of the opponents from the needs of the truck drivers to create crisis in the country is clear for every Iranian,” he sais, as reported by the IRGC-affiliated Fars news agency.

IRGC Colonel Kavos Mohammadi, a deputy of the Fars provincial police force, described the strikers as “disrupters of the order.”

“Following the disrupting acts of some of these people on the roads of Fars … After the visible and invisible patrol of officers, 22 thugs and disrupters of public order on the roads were arrested and, after filing a case, they were sent to the judiciary authorities and through them to the prisons. Police will deal with sensitivity and vigilance with the smallest insecurity factors in coordination with the judiciary, and the process of confronting with the disrupters of order and security of the roads and axes of Fars province will continue on a daily basis. The police monitor and control all the roads in this province, visibly and invisibly, and resolutely deal with all elements of disrupters of order and security in these areas,” he explained to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, saluted the strikers throughout Iran, describing the vindictive threats of the clerics against the dignified and hardworking drivers as a reflection of the growing crisis of the clerical regime, and said that the ruling mullahs were the biggest thieves in the history of Iran, and that they neither want nor can respond to legitimate demands of striking drivers.

She called on all human rights organizations to take action to release the arrested and urged the general public, especially the youth, to support the strikers. She added that realization of these demands is only possible with the establishment of democracy and people’s sovereignty. A regime that threatens to execute its working people due to a strike must be rejected by the international community.

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Strikes and protests across Iran are heading towards a final and determining end that is very near in sight. Launching their third round of strikes, truck drivers across the country are demanding what is rightfully theirs.

The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran, however, has always resorted to bogus promises and lacks the capacity to live up to the drivers’ demands. We are entering the stage where the commoners can no longer tolerate the regime and the rich few lack the capacity to take any action.

The truck drivers’ last round of strike was witnessed during the July/August period. In these September strikes, 157 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces witnessed truck drivers joining this strike on only the second day of this latest round of protests. This movement expanded to 210 cities on the fifth day of protests on Thursday and the country’s main loading stations are reported to be closed down.

Latest reports indicate fuel truck drivers working in refineries in cities such as Tabriz, Kerman, Bandar Abbas, Arak, Kazerun, Qazvin, Sari, Ahvaz and Abhar are joining this nationwide movement. Truckers in Karaj, west fo Tehran, also announced their solidarity and vowed to remain on strike until their demands are met.

The state-run IRNA news agency cites Jamal Hamidi, director of the loading station in Bandar Khomeini of Khuzestan Province (southwest Iran) saying, “On Sunday, most truck drivers at the loading station went on strike. While 2,000 trucks are active in this loading station each day, only 300 accepted to load any goods on Sunday.”

News and reports on this developing movement vividly indicate the vast proportions of this nationwide strike and the strong will seen in the drivers to remain steadfast in the face of lies and thefts witnessed in the entire mullahs’ regime apparatus.

On the other hand, the truckers’ demands indicate how they’re barely making ends meet. The expenses of their professions leaves them with very little profit to live on. The Iranian regime’s Road & Transportation Ministry, like all other entities, is under the mullahs’ strict control and their main objective is none other than safeguarding the ruling regime’s interests. They spare no energy or effort to facilitate or support the people’s lives and minimum necessities.

The truckers began this latest round of protests on September 22nd, seeking the demands their long-stated demands:

– Restructuring the truckers’ guild through free elections

– Specifying base charges according to “tons per kilometer”

– Decrease in truck prices

– Providing spare parts and tires through government rated currency (42,000 rials per U.S dollar)

– Increasing drivers’ salaries and a 35% increase of transfer rates

– Increasing retirement pensions, especially considering skyrocketing inflation and prices

– Increasing road safety and security

– Supervision over fees demanded by transportation companies

– Decreasing commissions for loads and renovating the truck fleet

– Providing fuel rations for transportation trucks and providing this fuel on a permanent basis to the drivers and truck owners

– Decreasing highway tolls

– Controlling the process of load terminals

– Providing health and recreational facilitation for the drivers at city and border loading stations

– Punishing authorities that bribe the drivers

It is worth noting that the drivers righteous and necessary demands, and the suffering they undergo has gained the attention and support of international organizations for their strike and protests.

The truck drivers’ protests signal the potential of the entire Iranian society to rise in protest against the regime. This wave of protests will not be stopped and will only continue to grow.

We are in a period that the poor will no longer tolerate the status quo and the rich few can’t do anything. These protests, each resembling a center of anger and demands for change, are signaling an end to the ruling mullahs’ regime.

 

Iran: Truck drivers protesting in Tehran and at least five other cities

Many drivers on strike across Iran
Many drivers on strike across Iran

Reported by PMOI/MEK

Iran, Sep. 3, 2018 – Truck drivers across various cities throughout Iran are on strike, protesting low wages and skyrocketing prices of spare parts. This is yet another round of such protests in Iran and has always delivered crushing blows to the mullahs’ apparatus.

In Zarrinshahr a protest rally was held by the truckers who parked their vehicles at the loading station.

Zarrinshahr truckers on strike – Iran

Zarrinshahr truckers on strike – Iran

On Saturday, intelligence operatives were reported to have threatened the truck drivers, saying they have no right to even leave their own houses.

Intelligence and plainclothes agents were enforcing enormous pressure on truck drivers at the city’s loading station, threatening them in their attempt to prevent another strike by the drivers.

Truck drivers in the city of Shapour near Isfahan went on strike on Sunday and held a rally after parking all their vehicles. These drivers are protesting low wages and increasingly expensive spare parts.

On Saturday, drivers from a variety of cities across Iran were seen protesting and staging a coordinated strike.

Truck drivers in Tehran’s Nasim loading station, and in the cities of Gorgan and Mehran, all also launched their strike. These drivers were protesting and on strike in response to a call placed by the Drivers’ Coordinating Union.

In Tehran, drivers parked their vehicles and refused to accept any new loads.

In Gorgan, the drivers blocked a highway with their vehicles and held a protest rally.

Transit drivers in Mehran, a city in southwest Iran bordering Iraq, refused to transfer their loads to Iraqi drivers and held a protest rally in a local loading station.

Truck drivers in the western city of Sarpol Zahab went on strike and parked their vehicles, protesting low wages and regime officials’ refusal to provide solutions to their issues.

Reports from the city of Sarakhs in northeast Iran indicate the loading station is closed and transit drivers were on strike. This strike is in response to officials’ refusal to address the truck drivers’ demands and their problems remaining unresolved.

Following the truck drivers’ strike and a severe shortage of fuel in various parts of Sistan &Baluchistan Province in southeast Iran, on Saturday vehicles were seen forming long ques at gas stations in the city of Saravan.

This shows the powerful impact of truck drivers’ strike on the mullahs’ regime.