On Tuesday May 5 Shiva Sobhani, a well-known labour activist in Iranian Kurdistan who was arrested on May Day 2009, was summoned by the Communications Guard of Kurdistan province.

The plight of the people of war torn Swat/Malakand is a terrible one. They are the innocent victims of the conflict inside the Pakistani state and very little is being done by the authorities to help them. Many families are living out in the open. The PTUDC has organised volunteers and set up camps for those fleeing from the war zone. They need financial aid and we appeal to you to help.

Workers around the world were showing their solidarity with their Iranian brothers and sisters on May 1st. We have received some pictures from these protests and we publish them here.

In an unprecedented show of unity, nine independent labour organisations in Iran issued an appeal to workers for commemorating May Day. The Iranian regime saw the unity of the independent workers’ organisations as its biggest threats. The regime’s forces attacked everyone at the demonstration and dragged over 50 people on the ground and bundled them into the dozens of vans and cars.

On 12 April, 2009 Jim Mullaly, a CUPE 1004 Health and Safety Rep and union activist, was fired from his job at EasyPark in Vancouver. EasyPark is a public-private partnership owned by the City of Vancouver and the Downtown Vancouver Association. Mr Mullaly recently led a safety campaign demanding proper ventilation and clean air in the underground parkade that he works in.

On 23 March a group of socialists and trade unionists went to the Iranian embassy, in the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. They went there to demand a stop to the oppression of the workers and demand the release of the imprisoned trade union activist in Iran as part of the worldwide campaign activities of the Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network.

During February 2009 the bosses of Tikoshin Plastics in Sanandaj, on the basis of a made up excuse, sacked all the company’s eight workers and shut down the workshop. The workers were confronted with the apathy and callousness of the Labour Office and their case has still not been presented to the Insurance Office.