Thousands of Iranian workers were striking and young people were protesting in Tehran and other cities on Sunday on labor issues.
Details of the apparent strikes and protests have been gathered by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK) to communicate the issue more widely and also to express its support for striking workers and the freedom to protest.
The PMOI, the exiled main opposition group, took up the position of the Iranian workers to report on striking workers who are out in force against hikes in tax import and also to vent frustrations about unpaid insurances and salaries.
Alongside this series of ongoing strikes come reports too of ‘people, including youths protesting against Iran’s Disciplinary Force.’
The protests came after Iran’s hardline Disciplinary Force were witnessed ‘attempting to arrest garbage seekers and children of labor and started beating them’, before finally turning their attention to ‘disturbing the displaced and homeless.’
The outcome gave the Disciplinary Forces good PR, as they were able to broadcast on television shows their ‘fabricated so-called good deeds’ which happened at 9.30am on Mowlavi Street, Tehran. As a way of protecting the mullahs’ regime from negative publicity ‘the mercenaries prohibited people from taking any photos or videos.’
Down in the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, protests were against government agents and heads of syndicates accused of running ‘extortion policies.’ The number of protesters was reported to reach 6,000, with disruption caused by trucks blocking routes to the Baba-Gholam Highway.
Market traders from a furniture industry went on strike for similar reasons about extortion policies related to the ‘staggering amount of tax rates imports announced by the customs administration.’
At Nazgol Oil-cooking Factory, 10km of the Kermanshah to Islamabad Road, a stretch known for its natural beauty, ‘a group of workers gathered to protest 3-months of unpaid salaries and long hours of overtime without any wages.’
In Mahidasht in the west of Iran at the Kopoli Tissue producing company workers protested in the town ‘demanding their 6-months of unpaid salaries and overtime payments.’
And in Kermanshah, the largest Kurdish speaking city in Iran, a group of repairmen and workers of the Iran Khodro Industrial Group Representatives vented anger at their ‘unpaid insurance money and 4-months of unpaid salaries.’