Workers of Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex in Mahshahr have been on strike since Sunday 25th september 2011 . According to reports from Iran , workers from Arvand, Amirkabir, and Tondguyan Petrochemical plants have joined this strike, making this the first nationwide strike by ‘oil’ worlers since 1980.
According to reports from Iran , 6000 workers employed in separate shifts are now participating in Mahshahr protest, gathering every day in front of the compnay’s headquarters chanting their demands.
The main demand of the petrochemical workers in Mahshahr’s Special Economic Zone is an end to ‘contract employmnet’. Contractors impose inhumane conditions on workers in this sector.
Workers from Sanandaj’s Javeh dam have once again gone on strike as of July 10, 2010. Workers of the dam have gone on strike several times in recent months over non payment of their wages dating back more than five months.
More than 300 workers building the dam have not received their wages for this year. Additionally, fifteen of those workers were laid off without payment of wages. As a result the workers of Sanandaj’s Javeh dam are facing very poor living conditions.
اعتصاب مجدد کارگران سد مخزنی ژاوه در سنندج
کارگران سد مخزنی ژاوه در سنندج صبج دیروز، شنبه نوزدهم تیرماه، دست به اعتصاب زدند
بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ایشان براي چندمين بار در طول ماه های گذشته و در اعتراض به عدم پرداخت 5 ماه حقوق معوقه خويش در مقابل دفتر شركت پيمانكار اين سد در محوطه كارگاهي اين سد اعتصاب کردند
ازمان اعتصاب قبلی ایشان برای احقاق حقوق خود مربوط به اواخر خردادماه سال جاری بود
بیش از 300 کارگر شاغل در پروژه ساخت این سد از اواخر سال گذشته تاکنون دستمزدهای معوقه خود را دریافت نکرده اند و دستکم 15 تن از ایشان در فروردین ماه سال جاری بدون دریافت حقوق معوقه از کار اخراج شده بودند
گفته می شود کارگران سد مخزنی ژاوه در سنندج، در وضعیت معیشتی بسیار بدی به سر می برند
This is a new video of Yassamine Mather speaking about a year of resistance, working class struggle and betrayal in Iran. It was filmed during a fringe event of ‘Marxism 2010’ organised by London Communist Forum. Yassamine Mather is the Chair of Hands Off the People of Iran.
RAHANA – Last week, a flier calling on contract workers to go on a hunger strike was distributed at the Isfahan Steel Complex.
Contract workers have suffered wage and benefit cuts since they became directly contracted by the factory. Currently, their wages and benefits are significantly below those of the company’s regular workers.
According to the Ad Hoc Council of Isfahan Steel Workers, following the distribution of the hunger strike flyer, the director made the tour of the plant and promised the unhappy workers that he would address their demands before the new year (March 21, 2010).
Meanwhile, the factory’s security made their own tour of the workshops, threatened the workers and told them their wages are not supposed to be equal to those of the regular workers of the factory.
Security officials asked the workers in charge of receiving and distribution of factory meals to identify the workers who were on hunger strike. The employees in charge of the locker rooms where the flyer had been distributed were summoned to the security office.
Following the promises made by the director, the situation has become more calm, and contract workers are waiting to see the outcome of his actions.
The contract workers, who were previously employed by private contractors, had high hopes when they were hired by the factory [on a contract basis], but most of them have suffered between 30 to 100 dollar wage reductions, and their overtime allowance has been limited to 45 hours. Their previous employers did not impose a limit on the number of overtime hours.
اعتراض کارگران قرارداد مسقیم به اختلاف فاحش حقوق و مزایا با کارگران رسمی و مهم تر از آن کاهش حقوق و مزایا پس از تبدیل وضعیت از قرارداد با شرکت های پیمانکاری به قرارداد مستقیم با ذوب آهن است.
رهانا: هفته گذشته در کارخانه ذوب آهن اعلامیه هایی پخش شد که کارگران قرارداد مستقیم را به اعتصاب غذا فراخوانده بود. اعتراض این کارگران به اختلاف فاحش حقوق و مزایا با کارگران رسمی و مهم تر از آن کاهش حقوق و مزایا پس از تبدیل وضعیت از قرارداد با شرکت های پیمانکاری به قرارداد مستقیم با ذوب آهن بود.
به گزارش شورای موقت کارگران ذوب اهن اصفهان در پی این اقدام مدیرعامل ذوب آهن درسرکشی به قسمت های مختلف کارخانه با کارگران قرارداد مستقیم به گفتگو نشست وبه آنان قول بررسی خواسته های شان را تا آخر اسفند ماه داد.
از سوی دیگر به موازات این اقدام حراست و انتظامات کارخانه به گشت زنی در کارگاه ها پرداختند و در چندین کارگاه در گفتگو با کارگران به تهدید آنان پرداخته و عنوان کردند که قرار نیست کارگران قرارداد مستقیم از حقوق و مزایایی هم سطح با کارگران رسمی برخوردار شوند. آنان از کارگران مسئول غذا که به دریافت و توزیع غذای کارگران شیفت می پردازند نیز خواستند اسامی کارگرانی را که اعتصاب غذا می کنند به حراست گزارش دهند. در اقدامی دیگر مسئولان رختکن هایی که در آنها اعلامیه توزیع شده بود به حراست احضار شده و تحت فشار قرار گرفتند.
با توجه به قول مساعد مدیرعامل مبنی بر بررسی خواسته های این کارگران تا حد زیادی از التهابات کاسته شده و فعلا آنان منتظرند تا مدیرعامل جدید نتیجه بررسی هایش را اعلام کند. لازم به یادآوری است که قرارداد مستقیم بستن با کارگران شرکت های پیمانکاری در آستانه انتخابات آغاز شد و امیدهای زیادی را در بین آنان برانگیخت اما در وضعیت جدید حقوق اکثر این کارگران از سی الی صد هزار تومان کاهش یافته و سقف اضافه کاری که در شرکت ها نامحدود بود به ۴۵ ساعت محدود شده است.
1700 Iranian workers on hunger strike over unpaid wages – 1700 employees of Wagon Pars Company in Arak have gone on a hunger strike to protest the company’s failure to pay their wages and pension. ILNA’s Kar news agency reports that this is the ninth protest organized by the employees this year.
The workers have announced that if their demands are not met, they will block the highway entrance to the City of Arak. Mohammad Reza Madahi, deputy chief of the company’s Islamic Workers Association announced: ” 75 days of unpaid wages and retiree pensions and benefits” were the cause of the protests in the past six months.
Manouchehr Moghaddam, executive director of Arak Wagon Pars Factory has confirmed the two-month delay in payment of the workers’ salaries and said that the main stockholders of the company are responsible for it.
Deputy Chief of the worker’s association announced that the workers have started a hunger strike because their picket lines were broken and strikers were dispersed in order to admit a visiting party from Kazakhstan.
The workers have announced that the hunger strike will continue until their demands are met.
Some of the company’s possessions have already been confiscated by order of the court for its “failure to honour its agreements.” Today office equipment of the company was confiscated by company pensioners who have not received their pay for many months.
Wagon Pars Company started work in 1976 building various kinds of wagons for trains and in 1986 it merged with Industry and Innovations Department of Iran. It is one of the largest manufacturers of rail and rolling vehicles in Iran.
The company was recently privatized following the execution of new government policies.
The suppressive agents of the State Security Forces attacked “Shohaday-e Saypa” technical school in Qalam Street of Karaj arresting two teachers at 11:00am on Tuesday. They were charged with planning to organize a strike on behalf of part time teachers. They were taken to undisclosed location.
The employees and teachers of the educational establishment in Iran have been suffering from deteriorating living conditions and discriminatory policies imposed by the ruling mullahs over the past three decades. The employment of part time teachers is even more devastating.
The mullahs’ regime has refused to fulfill its promises to grant employment benefits including health insurance and housing to those employees who have worked for over 10 years.
Workers of the (the Wagon Pars Company was founded in 1974 and started manufacturing different types of rolling stock in 1984; it is situated in an area of 33 hectares in the industrial township of Arak, approximately 260 kilometeres from Tehran-Iran), in the continuation of their struggle for several months of their confiscated wages were on strike for five days. On August 25, 2009, they blockaded the main entrance gate of the company by sitting on the ground and prevented all managers from entering the factory. In response to the worker action, the managers initially through threats and intimidation attempted to disperse them; including the dismissal of the remaining contract workers, judicial complaints against senior workers, and the involvement of anti-riot forces permitting them entry into the factory. Workers that had not received their regular wages for months were not intimidated and were not giving up with these threats. However, they were more angry and determined to continue the resistance and not accept the dispersal of their sit-in.
Wagon Pars factory used to be one of the giant state companies, and following the announcement of Policy Article 44 related to privatization, Iran Khodro (the largest automobile producer in the Middle East) purchased more than half of the factory shares. As soon as the factory transferred ownership the company went through a severe financial crisis. The managers of Iran Khodro, the new owners, withdrew more than 500 billion Toman (approximately $500,000,000 USD) from the state bank which was extracted from the exploitation of workers, in the name of a loan for the restructuring of the factory. According to the workers the enormous loan was not spent on the Wagon Pars factory, rather it was spent on subsidiaries of the Iran Khodro company and no penny of that money was allocated to the large restructuring of the Wagon Pars industry.
On Tuesday August 25th, 2009, after the protesting workers resisted against the threats of the company managers, the owners began to implement different criminal tricks. The direct manager of Wagon Pars factory after contact with the main shareholders, announced that 250,000 Toman (approximately $250 USD) will be paid to each worker on Wednesday August 26th. His goal along with other capitalists was first of all, to overcome the current resistance of the workers in order to put an end to their strike, and second of all, to put off the workers’ back wages which is from approximate $1500 to $2800 USD for each worker, to delay for a few more months. After the workers returned to the factory, the capitalists in their ongoing tricks and conspiracies against workers, announced with atrocity and brutality that all overtime and benefits would be cut and all contract workers would be sacked. The capitalists with the same brutality and atrocities added that they do this to punish workers. The Wagon Pars workers on August 25th, 2009, stopped the wheels of work and production completely. The workers announced that if the managers do not cancel their decision fully, they would do a new form of protest and struggle against the owners of the company.
Simultaneously with these events occurring in the Wagon Pars factory, a number of Arak municipal employees stated that some of the economic mafia of which at the head are senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards of the central province, have decided with the pretext of further development of the city of Arak, to shut down three giant industrial factories and sell their lands for astronomical profits.
This rumour has become especially strong when people noticed that there is a new highway going right through the lands of the Iran Combine Manufacturing Company and the Machine factory; they had done this very quietly and now they are paving the highway with asphalt.
August 27, 2009
Source: Coordinating Committee to Form Workers’ Organization