Iranian Workers Have Gone On Nationwide Strike
ICBPS- Following the wave of protests and strikes in Iran, a group of contract workers in Asaluyeh, southern Iran went on a nationwide strike on Wednesday, July 23, 2021, in protest of poor working conditions, low wages, wage inequality, and lack of welfare.
As workers from dozens of petrochemical plants joined the nationwide strike of refinery and power generation employees across Iran, Tehran Refinery threatened to fire 700 strikers.
The contract workers of refineries, petrochemicals, and power plants have gone on strike demanding “an increase in wages to [about] $500 per month” and “change the leave period to 20 working days and 10 days off.”
Today in Iran, workers’ stress is traditionally caused by factors such as too much work, too little pay, a poor work-life balance, lack of job security, or an oppressive working environment.
According to videos posted on social media, thousands of workers in the citizens of Tehran, Qeshm, Abadan, Bidboland Behbahan, Gachsaran, and Bushehr walked off the job on Wednesday to demand corporations raise wages, provide health care and paid sick leave, and grant employees the right to unionize.
The nationwide strikes movement is labeled “Campaign 1400”, referring to the current “Iranian calendar year 1400”.
ِYesterday, the payment-employees of Abadan Refinery gathered to protest double taxation, chanting slogans against the so-called moderate Rouhani’s oil minister, Zanganeh.
The workers of Tehran Jonoob Co. and Adish Co. also joined the nationwide strikes.
The temporary workers at the Tehran Refinery posted pictures online announcing the officials expelled 700 workers following the protest over low wages.
The workers’ demands: “Wages to be paid on time, contractors to be cut off from the oil industry, workers dismissal, and slavery laws in free economic zones to be abolished.”
The contract workers of Kayhan Pars Company in the Isfahan Refinery also joined the strikes, and the workers of other parts of the refinery have also announced that they will walk out on the job in the coming days.
On Wednesday, the workers of Ahvaz Ramin Power Plant walked off the job and gathered in front of the main building in protest of job insecurity and unpaid wages.
Workers of Sepahan Isfahan Cement Company also held a rally in front of the Mobarakeh governor’s office in Isfahan province on Wednesday.
“The contract workers will join the strikes which have been started by the payment-employees of Iran’s oil section from July 29.
The strike by contract workers and oil projects is the second in a row in less than a year.
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