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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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Britain's Teachers Union Calls on Iran to End Repressing trade Unions

The National Union of Teachers, on behalf of its over 300,000 members, is appalled at the brutal and inhumane treatment suffered by trade union activist BEHNAM EBRAHIMZADEH, a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Workers' Organizations and a Children's Rights advocate, who has been detained in Evin Prison since June 2010. Behnam has been subjected to torture, solitary confinement, and cruel and inhuman treatment. His circumstances have been worsened by an increase in the number of charges brought against him in order to ensure that he remains in prison for the 'crime' of exercising his right to assemble workers and campaign for trade union rights in Iran. ...more
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Iran's trade unions publish their International Messenger!
UNION MESSENGER No.3, August 2014 is published.


In this issue:

- EDITORIAL Page 1

- HAFT-TAPPEH WORKERS DEMAND THEIR UNPAID WAGES Page 2

- WOMEN WORKERS IN IRAN AND THEIR CHALLENGES Page 2

- 10% OF POPULATION SUFFERS FROM HUNGER page 3

- IRAN IN ILO BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
LOOK WHO SITS IN WHICH POSITION! Page 3

- THE POWER OF THE WORKING CLASS
- A glance at the history of labour movement in Iran Page 3,4

- NO TO IMF ORDERS, PRIVATIZATION, JOB LOSS AND DETENTION OF WORKERS! Page 4

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Book Review - WOMEN OF EVIN: WARD 209 By: Jila Baniyaghoob
Liz Payne reviews Jila Baiyaghoob latest book, an eyewitness account of the horror of Evin prison, for Iran Today


On 12 June 2006 from 5.00 to 6.00 pm, women's movement activists in Iran planned to hold a peaceful rally in Tehran's Haft-e Tir Square. It was to have been against laws imposed by Iran's theocratic regime depriving women of even their basic rights. A year earlier to the day they had done the same. Nothing had changed.

They would use the anniversary to reinforce their message and reaffirm their demands - the banning of polygamy, the right of women to divorce, the right of the mother to joint custody of her children with the father, the unconditional right of married women to work and hold independent citizenship, the right for women's testimony in court to be given equal weight to that of men.

Journalist Jila Baniyaghoob and her team of reporters were to have covered the event both for the women's section of the daily paper, Sarmaye, and the website, Kanoon Zanan Irani (Iranian Women's Centre).

The demonstration never happened. As the women gathered, they were met by baton-wielding police who far outnumbered them and attacked and dispersed those who arrived to take part. They even drove out people sitting in a nearby park who were unconnected with events unfolding in the square. Many women stood their ground. "We are women, citizens of this land, but have no rights" some chanted. Beatings and mass arrests followed. Baniyaghoob and other colleagues from her paper were among the scores detained. In Women of Evin:Ward 209 she records their story. ...more
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IndustriALL demands release of arrested Iranian miners

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the Iranian President to release nine miners arrested on 19 August for striking at the Bafgh Iron Ore Mine in Yazd, Iran. Over 5000 miners have downed tools in support of the detained workers who who were arrested for taking part in a 40 day strike at the mine earlier this year. IndustriALL is also alarmed that there is an arrest warrant for a further nine miners. In his letter to the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, IndustriALL's general secretary Jyrki Raina said: "We are utterly dismayed at the unlawful arrest of scores of miners and the escalation of the conflict by sending the riot police to the mine in response to the legitimate strike called by the workers on account of earlier illegal arrests on 19 August." ...more
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"Britain's trade union leader calls for the release of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh"

In response to CODIR's appeal for trade unions to support the call for the release of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh from prison, Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, the largest public sector trade union in Britain, has written to President Rouhani urging the release of Behnam and all other detained trade unionists in Iran. The full text of the letter is below.

CODIR's statement of 1st September 2014 included the following:
"The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) is supporting the urgent campaign for the release of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a detained trade union activist from Iran. We urge trade unions and labour movement organisations to join the initiative to call for the release of this trade unionist whose only "crime" is to campaign for trade union rights in the country... CODIR condemns these acts of violence towards labour and trade union activists and their family members in Iran. As we have emphasised previously, this is part of a coordinated policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to maximise pressure upon jailed labour activists, their colleagues and family members in order to silence them and oppress the working class movement in Iran. We stand resolutely in support of trade union rights in Iran and call for the release of detained trade unionists in the country and in particular the immediate and unconditional release of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh from imprisonment."... ...more
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Statement by the Executive Council of CODIR on the passing away of Noel Harris

When Noel gave his support to CODIR in the early 1980's and subsequently became its General Secretary 25 years ago, he was showing by example the qualities of his leadership and commitment to international solidarity which guided his whole political life. The process of struggle in Iran for social justice, freedom and democracy is a complex one but this never deterred Noel from his pursuit of the campaign to popularize CODIR'S cause, especially in the labour movement.

His death is a sad loss for our organisation. However, thanks to Noel Harris, CODIR and its many supporters around the world will continue to oppose the dictatorial regime in Tehran and to fight for the freedom of all political prisoners and for peace and friendship between the Iranian and British people and their organisations. This is Noel's legacy. ...more
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The Iranian People have lost a true friend-CODIR's General Secretary Passed Away!

Campaigners for peace and democracy in Iran have lost a true friend and champion. Noel Harris, who stood by the Iranian people in their difficult struggles for nearly three decades, passed away last week. Noel Harris spent his adult life as an active trade unionist and trade union official in Belfast, Dublin and London. In Belfast he was a member of DATA, the Draftsmen's Union, and then became National Secretary of ASTMS in Dublin. He was on the Executive of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for a period. After leaving Ireland he became head of the Social and Economic Department of the World Federation of Trade Unions in Prague. When he and his wife, Rhona moved to London he became National Organiser of the Cinematograph Workers Union (ACTT), a position he held for many years. He was a close friend of the late Ken Gill, one of Britain's leading labour leaders in the 1970s and 1980s. ...more
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Iran Today, Vol. 26, No.2, Autumn 2014, is published:

Contents:

- Editorial- Honesty and Action - The Way Forward Page 2

- Journalist arrests ask questions of Rouhani's 'reforms' page 3

- The Plight of Teachers and the Dire Situation of Education in Iran Page 4

- Challenges of Independent Trade Unionism in Iran Page 6

- Iran and the 'New' Plan for a New Middle East Page 8

- Where Life is A Little Stranger - reflections on the film industry in Iran Page 10

- Book Review- WOMEN OF EVIN: WARD 209 By: Jila Baniyaghoob Page 14 ...more
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