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Press Release: Defend the rights of teachers in Iran
The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today reported that thousands of Iranian teachers joined an unprecedented strike for two consecutive days last week (20th and 21st January) to protest against hardship, job insecurity and the economic policies of the Iranian regime. Teachers marching in the capital and several other cities protested against their living conditions and refused to teach their classes. Reports indicate that a number of those taking part have been arrested. Teachers are concerned that the government is planning to limit their salary increase to below the rate of inflation. In the draft budget presented to the parliament for the financial year 2015/16 the budget of the Ministry of Education is seriously limited. This is at a time when the budget for favoured departments, such the Islamic Guards Corps, has increased by 60%. ...more
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Iran's trade unions publish their International Messenger!
UNION MESSENGER No.6, January 2015 is published.


Contents:

Page 1 Editorial

Page 2 Protest by VAHED Bus Drivers

Page 3 Teachers Protest Delayed Pay

Page 4 Strike at Sangrood Coal mine

Page 4 A Metalworker's report from Iran Khodro (IKCO)

Page 5 We Support Iran Khodro's Strike

Page 5 Lessening Attention to Workers' Safety to Speed up the Workage

Page 6 The Priority of Capitalism: Butchering the Labour Law and Social Security

Page 6 There Is No Legal Ban for Labour Gatherings!!

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Strife at the Mines

The Strike at Sangrood Coal Mine - Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran reported on 7th January: Since this morning 150 coalminers within the tunnels of at Western Alborz Coal Mine Workers in Sangrood of Gilan have gone on strike, protesting against the plans to close the mine, 8 months of unpaid wages and the issue of early retirement for workers with hazardous and physically demanding jobs. Undoubtedly the news of this strike will be spreading within the next hours and the whole of this mine will be on strike. These miners have taken refuge in the tunnels in the depth of underground tunnels in order to neutralise management and security forces tactics - because they have actual experience of the security force entering the mine's compound and the detention of labour activists and the arrest and trial of the secretary of the miners association at Chadormlu mine. The strikers' leaders took refuge in the mine before the other miners. They want their demands to be implemented and they have taken oath of solidarity together to remain in the mine till the end. ...more
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Workers Assert Their Rights In Iran
As international sanctions exert a tightening grip on the Iranian economy it is the workers who are paying the price. Jane Green assesses their response.
The coming to power of Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian election of June 2013 was sold, both nationally and internationally, as a turning point in the politics of Iran. Rouhani was heralded as a liberal, someone with whom the West could do business, someone who would negotiate a satisfactory deal on the disputed nuclear projects undertaken by the theocratic regime - hence an end to international sanctions - and liberalise social practices in Iran. Good for the people, good for the economy, was how the picture was painted. Eighteen months into Rouhani's tenure the promises made at the time of his election are now coming back to haunt him. There is no indication in social practices in Iran that the tide has turned. ...more
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Pic: IndustriALL Global Union - Iranian miners demonstrate peacefully against the arrest of fellow workers at the Bafgh Iron Ore Mine in Yazd
Youth in Iran: Inside and Out

If Iranian youth culture was portrayed in a BBC drama, it might be called "Inside, Outside," or even "Righteous, Raucous." That is the duality present in Hossein Fatemi's "An Iranian Journey," a series that shows young people's public modesty and piety vanishing once they escape the wary gaze of authority. These youths play music, drink, smoke, commingle and enjoy other intemperate - i.e., regular - Western activities. They are online, on Facebook, and are politically engaged and simmering, craving freer speech but stifled by the ayatollah's rules. "Naturally, whatever you prevent a human being from doing, it makes them want to do it more," said Mr. Fatemi, who is represented by Panos Pictures. He sees his task as putting in the open what is shrouded in the dark. Whether it is alcohol consumption by Muslims or patronizing prostitutes, he seeks to photograph what is forbidden. When postelection protests in 2009 made it nearly impossible to be outside, Mr. Fatemi eagerly took to the streets and photographed as much as he could. Once the world got a sense of what was happening in the streets, Mr. Fatemi turned to photographing interiors. ...more
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On the occasion of the Human Rights Day: "All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms."

Each year, on 10th December the world remembers the day in 1948 when all nations came together in Paris to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The power and relevance of the recognition in the Declaration - that all human beings have fundamental rights and freedoms - is undiminished today. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10th December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention 'of the peoples of the world' the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. This year's slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us is at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. ...more
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1100 workers protest outside Iranian parliament

Construction workers are angry at government plans to stop social insurance for 400,000 workers in the industry and end it completely for new workers. The plans will enable developers to make bigger profits. Around a hundred dismissed workers from Ilam Petrochemicals joined the construction workers on 16 November. The company is refusing to reinstate the sacked workers despite a ruling by the Labour Office that they be allowed back into the plant. The workers are also demanding back-pay. Independent trade unions in the country continue to fight for workers' rights, even though they are not recognized in the country. ...more
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Iran's human rights situation has not improved, says activist

Iran's President Hassan Rowhani has not been able to deliver on his promises to address key human rights issues in the country, Iranian lawyer and rights activist Shirin Ebadi told Al Arabiya's Diplomatic Avenue on Friday. Ebadi told Al Arabiya's New York bureau chief Talal al-Haj that the situation in Iran "has not progressed at all." Last month, Iran executed a 26-year-old woman, Reyhaneh Jabbari, for allegedly murdering her rapist, in defiance to international pressure to spare her life. The United Nations reported that around 411 people were executed in Iran since the beginning of 2014. ...more
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Iran's trade unions publish their International Messenger!
UNION MESSENGER No.5, November 2014 is published.


In this issue:

- Minimum wage must provide for a family of Four Page 1

- A LETTER FROM NASSER AGHAJARI TO THE MINISTER OF OIL Page 1,2

- METALWORKER REPORTS FROM TABRIZ TRACTOR MANUFACTURING FACTORY Page 2,3

- METALWORKER REPORTS FROM IRAN KHODROW (AUTOMOTIVE) page 3

- CONTACT BETWEEN THE UMMI AND THE INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF FIOM Page 3,4

- HDEREGULATION OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE OIL AND MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN IRAN Page 4

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Iran's trade unions publish their International Messenger!
UNION MESSENGER No.4, September 2014 is published.


In this issue:

- EDITORIAL (Greetings to the workers and labour activists and trade unions on the occasion of
the 4th anniversary of the publication of Payam Sandika (Message of Union)) Page 1

- THE WORKERS AT HAFT-TAPPEH SUGARCANE COMPLEX ARE ON STRIKE! Page 1

- HAFT-TAPPEH STRIKE UPDATE 1: HAFT-TAPPEH STRIKE CONTINUES UNTIL WORKERS' DEMANDS ARE MET Page 2

- HAFT-TAPPEH STRIKE UPDATE 2: page 2

- AGHAJARI IN INTERVIEW WITH ILNA: LAYING OFF WORKERS OF WITH THE OLD
EXCUSE OF SANCTIONS Page 3

- HOW ARE THE PRESCRIPTIONS OF IMF IMPLEMENTED IN OUR COUNTRY? Page 3

- METALWORKER REPORTS: WHEN STATE-APPOINTED MANAGERS BECOME BROKERS Page 4

- BEHNAM EBRAHIMZADEH'S LIFE IS AT RISK. LET'S HELP AND SAVE HIM! Page 4

- Letter of General Secretary of the NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS of Britain to President of Iran Page 5

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Media Advisory: Iran must clean up human rights record at UN review

On 31 October, the UN Human Rights Council will undertake an assessment of Iran's human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review process (UPR). During Iran's last review in 2010, the authorities accepted a string of recommendations to improve the country's track record on human rights, but so far these have overwhelmingly failed to be implemented. "Rampant human rights violations continue across Iran unabated," said Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International's Iran researcher. "The recent execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari after a flawed investigation and trial, is a harsh reminder that Iran remains the most prolific executioner worldwide after China and illustrates how poor its administration of justice is. The Iranian authorities must stop posturing and provide answers to the many victims of their ruthless repression about why they have failed to fulfil past promises on human rights." ...more
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Iranians protest over acid attacks against women

Thousands stage demonstration in Isfahan after women are targeted for wearing clothes deemed inappropriate by hardliners. Thousands of people have staged a protest in Isfahan, Iran's top tourist destination, demanding authorities bring to an end a spate of acid attacks on young women that has sparked horror and outrage. Assailants riding on motorbikes, in a similar sequence of events, have thrown acid in the face of at least eight women who were driving in the street with their windows pulled down. Local media say the number of victims could be higher. The attacks have so far claimed one life, an opposition website said. Many Iranians believe that victims were targeted because they were women wearing clothes that could be deemed inappropriate in the eyes of hardliners - a claim vehemently denied by the authorities. Isfahani citizens, horrified by the scale of vicious assaults, gathered in front of the city's justice department on Wednesday, calling on the authorities to put an end to the crimes which has highlighted the striking challenges women face in Iran, where hijab is obligatory. ...more
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GUE/NGL calls for solidarity with Nasrin Sotoudeh

2012 Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh has been banned from practising as a lawyer for three years by an Iranian court on Monday. A sit-in in front of the Iranian Bar Association started today to protest against this ruling. MEP Cornelia Ernst, vice-chair of the EP's Delegation for relations with Iran, called for solidarity with Sotoudeh: "This decision to ban her from practising her profession represents renewed harassment of the Sakharov Prize winner. If Iran wants to be taken seriously, the Iranian institutions must show that they can accept dissenters and also deal fairly with them. Monday's judgement shows just the opposite." ...more
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United appeal for president Rouhani to end media violations in Iran

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined Iranian journalists in a renewed call for the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, to show courage and follow up on his election promises by proving his respect for media freedom and freedom of association. The IFJ has joined its affiliate, the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ) and journalists from across Iran in a united appeal to president Rouhani to stop interfering in the way journalists organise themselves and to allow the Tehran offices of the AoIJ - closed since August 2009 - to be reopened. The IFJ has also urged the president to scrap government plans to establish a new guild for Iranian journalists, a move which represents a clear u-turn on his elections promises and will undermine press freedom and increase government control. ...more
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