We publish here a handbook by the Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network on the cause of the Iranian workers’ movement, its history and its current problems, on its struggle for basic rights, such as the right to strike or to be paid in return for work. It also suggests ways that activists can become involved in solidarity work.
Following the release of Mohsen Hakimi and the second attack on Amir Kabir University students, Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network is highlighting the terrible treatment of Abbas Hakimzadeh by the Iranian regime’s security forces.
Despite the attempts of management and the government to drive a wedge them, the sub-contracted and official workers are united in struggle and have demanded better pay and conditions for the sub-contracted workers.
Supporters of the Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network and Der Funke in Germany held a successful public meeting last weekend on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, highlighting the historical background and the objective factors that lead to the overthrow of the Reza Pahlewi dictatorship.
The second stage of the attack on Amir Kabir University’s students has begun. Four additional students have now been arrested following an attack by Intelligence Ministry agents on present and former members of the Islamic Society of Amir Kabir University (AKU).
To commemorate the Iranian revolution that took place 30 years ago comrades of the Swedish Marxist paper Socialisten discussed this important subject in a meeting held in Stockholm. Lena Ericsson-Höijer, from the leadership of the Municipal Workers' Union local number 28 gave a leadoff.
On Saturday 21 February Abdollah Khani and Ghaleb Hosseini were summoned to the Prosecutor’s Office in Sanandaj (in Iranian Kurdistan). The two labour activists were then arrested so that their sentences could be carried out.
Taha Azadi, a member of the Steering Committee of the Free Trade Union of Iranian Workers was tried by the Revolutionary Court in Kangan on 15 February. The judge accused him of acting against national security and conducting propaganda against the Islamic system.
Mohsen Hakimi was freed on Wednesday 18 February. Since his arrest on 22 December 2008 Hakimi has been held in block 209 of Evin Prison, where he was held in solitary confinement and subjected to physical and psychological abuse.
According to the Co-ordination Committee for the Creation of Labour Organisations on Wednesday 18 February 2009 Shiva Kheyrabadi and Susan Razani, two female labour activists, were flogged. The flogging of Ms Kheyrabadi and Ms Razani exposes the Iranian regime and shows the whole world its true colours.
Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network will be highlighting the cases of Mansour Osanloo, Farzad Kamangar, Mohsen Hakimi and Zeynab Jalaliyan to start a campaign for the release of all political prisoners in Iran. We publish here four short biographies.