The General Board of the Administrative Court of Justice quashed all the dismissal sentences of the Vahed trade union’s workers and sent the case files of these workers to the Arbitration Board of the Labour Office for review.
As all labour, human rights and justice-seeking associations of Iran and the world know, ever since the Trade Union of the Workers of the Vahed Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company was re-launched many representatives and activists of this union have been deprived of their work. During these years the labour activists of the Vahed Company have endured these difficult conditions through their mutual support and the co-operation of other associations.
In a decisive majority decision taken on July 12 2009, the General Board of the Administrative Court of Justice quashed all the dismissal sentences of the [Vahed] trade union’s workers and sent the case files of these workers to the Arbitration Board of the Labour Office for review.
The Vahed Company workers’ trade union would like to congratulate all workers on this victory, and while thanking [them], sends its boundless greetings to all sacked workers who have had to endure irreparable harm during this time.
The Vahed Company workers’ trade union once again would like to thank all individuals and Iranian and international social and labour institutions who, with their moral support during these past years, have contributed to our journey on this road.
Finally, this independent workers’ association would like to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Transport Federation (ITF) and all workers’ associations that have, with their support during this time, doubled the workers’ morale and [we] hope that all worker-prisoners [are freed] and their unjust sentences are also quashed.
We hope for peace and justice throughout the world.
Trade Union of the Workers of the Vahed Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company
25 July 2009
Translated by: Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network
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