Protesters near Iran’s central bank demanding resignation of the bank’s governor. June 14, 2020. (Social Media)

July 7, 2020

According to collected reports by sources affiliated with the Iranian Resistance in the month of June, Iranians held 219 recorded protests in 74 cities and 24 provinces, with an average of seven to eight protests a day. Most of June’s Iran protests were carried out by workers and employees demanding their unpaid wages and other violated rights.

Workers

Workers staged 105 protests in 37 cities and industrial and business regions which amounts to an average of four protests per day. The gatherings were in protest to delayed paychecks, lack of insurance, lack of sanitary conditions due to COVID-19, privatization, lack of job security, the dismissal of workers, and the closure of companies.

The most important protests included:

  • Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company workers in Shush (SW Iran) went on a 16-day strike, protesting outside the Shush Governorate to demand an end to the company’s privatization, the dismissal of workers, their unpaid wages, health insurance, and job security.
  • Workers in the southwestern cities of Hamidiyeh, Bushehr, Bandar Lengeh, Kut Abdullah, Khorramshahr, Mohammadshahr, Soran, Likak, Ahvaz, Khorramabad, Karun, Abadan, and Lushan held protest gatherings.
  • Shahroud Railway workers, Andimeshk Railway workers, Hormozgan Power Station Operators, postal workers, Amin Yar Faryab miners, Sirjan Chahar Gonbad Copper miners, East Alborz Coal Mining workers in Semnan, Gol Gohar mining workers in Sirjan, Isfahan Tiling workers, workers of the HEPCO factory in Arak, workers of the Golpayegan Diar Khodro factory, and workers of the Iran Poplin factory in Rasht held protest gatherings.
  • Gathering by workers of the water supply project of Kayson Company, Orhal Petrochemical Company workers, National Iranian Steel Industrial Group workers, Persian Gulf Transportation Company workers, contract workers of the Rural Water and Sewage Project in Khuzestan province, and First Telecommunication Services of East Azerbaijan.

Teachers

There were nine protests in Tehran and Ahwaz (SW Iran) by teachers, literacy movement instructors, contract teachers, and preschool teachers. They gathered to protest their lack of job security, poor living conditions, their employment status, recruitment tests at teacher universities, and their unpaid wages.

Pensioners

Pensioners held eight protests in four cities in the month of June. Most pensioners live under the line of poverty and can barely make ends meet and the COVID-19 outbreak has only made their lives more difficult. Retired workers and employees gathered to demand their unpaid pensions and benefits, and an increase in their pensions. They also protested the poor condition of Iran’s Pension Fund.

Farmers

Farmers held five protests in four cities in the month of June. They protested against the Waghf Charity Organization for depriving them of the ownership to their lands, and against the Ministry of Agriculture for its lack of accountably regarding their farming problems. Iranian farmers also protested water scarcity which has left their fields dry, as well as the government’s failure to buy their products.

Defrauded creditors

Defrauded creditors staged three Iran protests in four cities in the month of June.

Students

Students held one protest in one city in the month of June.

Hunger Strikes

There were eight hunger strikes in four prisons in the month of June.

Other sectors

Other sectors of the society staged 80 Iran protests in 42 cities across the nation in the month of June.

The most important protests are as below:

  • Gathering of Kermanshah locals in western Iran to protest and condemn the regime for demolishing their homes which led to the death of homeowner Asieh Panahi.
  • Gathering of locals in Tamir, Ahwaz (SW Iran) to protest drinking water deprivation.
  • Gathering by locals in the Guri Village and Joghatai (NE Iran) to protest drinking water deprivation.
  • Protest by Dasht-e-Razm Javeed villagers in Mamasani (SW Iran) to the lack of water.
  • Gathering by locals in Bakhsh Bemani in Sirik County (SW Iran) after their water was cut off for 25 days.
  • Gathering of villagers of Shabankareh (SW Iran) to protest the lack of water.
  • Gathering by nurses in different hospitals in Tehran in protest their meager wages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gathering by volunteer nurses in Yasuj (W Iran) due to unemployment after their temporary contracts ended.
  • Gathering by contracted nurses in emergency departments of Sanandaj (W Iran) in protest to unpaid paychecks.
  • Gathering by contracted nurses in Tabriz (NW Iran) to protest their low wages and poor work conditions.
  • Gathering by poultry farmers in Semnan, Garmsar, and Sorkheh (N Iran) to protest the the government’s fixed prices for poultry.
  • Gathering by families of prisoners in Zahedan (SE Iran) to protest the spread of COVID-19 in Zahedan Central prison.
  • Gathering by sailors in Bandar-e Deyr (SW Iran) to protest to the prevention of the departure of vessels from this port.
  • Gathering of street vendors in Abadan (SW Iran) to protest a ban on their activities.
  • Two-day gatherings by the owners of waste centers in Borujerd (W Iran) in protest to the shutdown of their workplaces.
  • Several days of gatherings by defrauded car buyers demanding their undelivered cars from Azvico (Azarbaijan’s automobile industry co) in Tehran and Tabriz (NW Iran). The company has yet to deliver 6,000 cars bought by its customers two years ago.
  • Two-day gathering by oil and gas workers in Tehran to protest employment conditions and delay in receiving their wages.
  • Gathering of operators of electrical substations in Tehran in protest to their employment status.
  • Gathering of Fars Telecommunication Company (SW Iran) employees to protest the non-implementation of the Classification of Occupations Plan.

International Unions support Iran’s workers

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF), a global union federation that represents 10 million workers expressed solidarity with Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers.

“As always, the IUF stands in full solidarity with the workers and their union and calls on the government to act immediately to ensure full payment of all wages and social security benefits, proper workplace protective measures and full access to health services for all workers and family members,” the IUF wrote in a June 17 report on its website.

Following reports that 42 workers from Azarab Industries were sentenced to one year in prison, 74 lashes, and one month of forced labor, IndustriALL Global Union condemned the suppression of workers by the Iranian regime.

“Once again, workers in Iran are being brutally attacked for standing up for their basic rights. The Azarab workers must be immediately released. All charges must be dropped, and the delayed wages must be paid,” IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan said in a statement.

The regime has since announced that 15 of the workers have been acquitted of the charges, though such statements by the regime cannot be trusted.

Iran News Wire

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