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More than 40 striking steelworkers detained in Iran

19 December, 2018IndustriALL Global Union has written to the government of Iran to condemn to the arrest of more than 40 striking workers at the Ahvaz Steel complex, in brutal raids at their homes on 17 and 18 December.

Union activists tortured in Iran as strike wave spreads

6 December, 2018A wave of strike action across the province of Khuzestan has led to the arrest and torture of leading activists.

Iranian court sentences 15 HEPCO workers to prison and flogging for striking

7 November, 2018Fifteen employees of the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) have been sentenced to prison and flogging after striking over unpaid wages.

Rebuilding union strength in Caspian region

17 October, 2018Unions representing workers in the oil and gas sector of the Caspian Sea region gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for a network meeting on 3 October 2018.

Iran: IndustriALL escalates union building and solidarity with UMMI

9 August, 2018IndustriALL Global Union opens a new period in supporting its Iranian affiliate the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) through a leadership capacity building session in Sapanca, Turkey, on 6-8 August, to develop a plan for further cooperation and solidarity. IndustriALL’s Turkish metal affiliate United Metalworkers’ Union (Birleşik Metal-İş) provides essential input.

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.