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Iranian authorities beat and detain protesting steel workers

15 June, 2018Iranian security forces arrested and imprisoned dozens of workers on 12 June who were protesting against months of unpaid wages.

Iran: 10 detained after protests over unpaid wages of 4,000 steel workers

6 March, 2018IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of ten steel mill workers detained after protests against unpaid wages of 4,000 workers at the Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz. 

Interview with Iranian trade unionist Maziyar Gilaninejhad

26 February, 2018Kemal Özkan of IndustriALL interviews Maziyar Gilaninejhad, president of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran in Yerevan, October 2017

Iran: Workers demand democracy and freedom against poverty, corruption and repression

5 January, 2018With the demonstrations starting on 28 December 2017, Iran faces widespread protests against the rising cost of living. The protests quickly spread to many cities as people raised their voices against poverty, corruption and embezzlement by officials, and brutal political repression.

Iran: workers in South Pars oil and gas fields submit petition to state broadcaster

6 December, 2017More than 1,000 workers added their names to a petition to the public broadcaster, calling on the organization to send an investigative team to report on terrible working conditions and unpaid wages.

IndustriALL calls on Government of Iran to release Mahmoud Salehi and Reza Shahabi

15 November, 2017IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Government of Iran to demand the release of Mahmoud Salehi, Reza Shahabi and other imprisoned trade unionists. The union activists are seriously ill and need urgent medical attention.

Iran: release imprisoned trade unionists Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi

5 September, 2017IndustriALL Global Union has written to the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, demanding an end to the repression of trade unionists, and calling for the release of Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi.

IndustriALL urges Iran to improve safety as 35 miners die

6 May, 2017IndustriALL Global Union has written a letter of solidarity to the President of Iran urging the government to improve safety in Iranian mines after at least 35 miners were killed and scores injured in a coal mine explosion on 3 May.

Free and independent trade unions fight for workers’ rights in Iran

15 December, 2016In October, the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) became the first affiliate from Iran to join IndustriALL. The affiliation is a significant step in a country where unions are persecuted and trade unionists imprisoned. 

Iran: petroleum workers win back pay after strike action

13 December, 2016Workers at the Bushehr Petrochemical Complex won unpaid wages after taking strike action last week.