From the TUC

The unseen revolution in Iran

02 May 2011, by in International

Behind the war of words over Iran’s Islamist regime – repressing democracy, developing nuclear weapons capability, interfering in local countries from the Lebanon to Iraq and the Gulf – there is a secret revolution going on. Independent trade unionists are fighting for the things most people in the world take for granted: the right to organise and bargain collectively, the right to get paid a decent wage, equality and jobs. And they are facing harsh treatment from a regime which claims to speak for the people but doesn’t appreciate it when people speak for themselves, and claims to speak for the poor but unceasingly backs the corrupt managers of rich factory owners agsinst their own workers. Workers are organising silently throughout Iran – sometimes for fear of reprisals if they become too visible, sometimes to avoid being tarred as revolutionaries or foreign agents.

May Day often sees protests and brutal crackdowns, and this year is no exception: sugar workers leader Mahmoud Salehi was arrested in Sagaz City but released the next day and five other people were arrested in Sanandaj City: Khaled Hossieni; Sedigh Karimi; Ghaleb Hossieni; Yadollah Ghotbi and Vafa Ghaderi, believed to be members of Free Workers Union or Coordinating Committee for Establishment of Workers Unions. Meanwhile Tehran bus workers’ leader Mansour Osanloo, jailed for five years since his visit to the west to talk to global trade union leaders, was taken to a hospital on 28 April for a medical check-up – he has a serious heart problem as well as other ailments, all resulting from his imprisonment – but was sent back to the prison immediately after.

You can show solidarity by signing up to the Justice for Iranian Workers website run by global unions, and taking part in actions whenever they are called.

2 Responses to The unseen revolution in Iran

  1. hass
    May 2nd 2011, 8:36 pm

    The Iranian people massively support their nuclear program — yes even the dissidents. Sorry to break the news to you but Iranians love their country too and resent it when Israel or the US attempts to threaten them, regardless of what they think of the government (and incidentally, poll after poll conducted by US organizations showed that the same people did vote for Ahmadinejad by 60%. Get use to it. Iranians are not your fools.)

  2. Owen Tudor

    Owen Tudor
    May 2nd 2011, 10:43 pm

    My blog wasn’t suggesting anything other than what you said. It was merely indicating that, although the western media concentrate on these issues, Iranian workers are doing things that western media don’t cover. So I don’t think we disagree. The TUC has always drawn a distinction between countries like Iran which are democracies, albeit flawed (the control over which candidates can stand hardly produces the most open of contests) and the small and dwindling number of dictatorships around the world.