Iranian factory workers risk persecution to strike over unpaid wages.
Workers at the factory in Eslamshahr, 10 kilometers outside of Tehran, reportedly received only 50 percent of their back pay, which still includes four months' worth of salaries and a New Year's bonus from last year.
The workers first went on strike in October but ended their walkout after receiving some back wages along with a promise of a loan from Iran's Industry Ministry to help the company pay back wages.
The Alborz factory -- which has some 1,400 employees -- has seen frequent protests and strikes in recent years over unpaid wages.
The situation for labour activists and workers accross Iran remains fraught; 2010 saw a large increase in the arbitrary arrest of unionists and organisers.
Reza Shahabi, an imprisoned worker (the Treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company) who was incarcerated in section 209 of Evin Prison on June 12, 2010, went on dry hunger strike on December 4, 2010 to protest against his unjust incarceration and the refusal of authorities to release him despite the fact that his family had deposited 60 million Toman (about 57,000 US Dollar) as bail. He remains in prison and you can send letters of protest to the links at the bottom of this article.
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International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)
We offer our solidarity to all Iranian labour activists.