The launch statement of a new action committee that has been set up by workers in Iran struggling for independent trade union and political organisations of the working class. The immediate task is the defence of the Saghez workers, but the more general task is that of organising all the advanced workers in Iran. Available in PDF format together with a clean HTML file.

At this year’s TUC congress a number of leading trade unionists signed the Saghez workers protest letter to the Iranian Embassy, among them Andy Gilchrist, General Secretary of the FBU, Tony Woodley, General Secretary of the TGWU, Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the NUJ and many others.

A letter of protest sent by Spanish trade unionists and political activists to the Iranian Embassy in Spain, with the signatures of 40 people in important positions. This includes shop stewards, trade union leaders (of both the UGT and the CCOO), the general secretary of the Student Union and comrades with important positions both in the Communist Party (PCE) and United Left (IU).

A letter of protest sent by Spanish trade unionists and political activists to the Iranian Embassy in Spain, with the signatures of 40 people in important positions. This includes shop stewards, trade union leaders (of both the UGT and the CCOO), the general secretary of the Student Union and comrades with important positions both in the Communist Party (PCE) and United Left (IU).

At this year’s TUC congress a number of leading trade unionists signed the Saghez workers protest letter to the Iranian Embassy, among them Andy Gilchrist, General Secretary of the FBU, Tony Woodley, General Secretary of the TGWU, Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the NUJ and many others.

Yesterday, September 20, there was a very good response to the appeal sent out by the Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network to organise protest pickets outside the Iranian embassies. We are here providing the reports of the different pickets. The day of action was organised in support of the seven worker activists facing trial in Saghez, and undoubtedly embarrassed the Iranian diplomatic authorities, who are busy trying to portray the Iranian regime as one that respects basic human rights.

Yesterday, September 20, there was a very good response to the appeal sent out by the Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network to organise protest pickets outside the Iranian embassies. We are here providing the reports of the different pickets. The day of action was organised in support of the seven worker activists facing trial in Saghez, and undoubtedly embarrassed the Iranian diplomatic authorities, who are busy trying to portray the Iranian regime as one that respects basic human rights.

Further to yesterday’s reports on the day of action in solidarity with Iranian workers, we have received more from Mexico and Pakistan. In Mexico City there was a lively picket, but the embassy officials proved less civilised than in other parts of the world. One of them attacked a female comrade! The Iranian embassy in Islamabad, on the other hand, had the delightful experience of being visited by a group of protesting MPs!

Further to yesterday’s reports on the day of action in solidarity with Iranian workers, we have received more from Mexico and Pakistan. In Mexico City there was a lively picket, but the embassy officials proved less civilised than in other parts of the world. One of them attacked a female comrade! The Iranian embassy in Islamabad, on the other hand, had the delightful experience of being visited by a group of protesting MPs!

After Mahmoud Salehi’s trial was postponed on September 23 other Saghez workers are encountering the same response from the regime. This is clearly a delaying tactic. The Iranian authorities are most likely waiting for things to calm down before continuing with the trials. We must be vigilant and be prepared to mobilise again if they move against these workers.
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