Iran is particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the representatives in France of the Socialist Solidarity with Workers in Iran explained the catastrophic situation : the hospitals “are overwhelmed and lacking in resources ; precarious populations are deprived of incomes ; the progression of Covid-19 is dazzling. In Iran, the health system is particularly threatened. Due to internal corruption and speculation, millions of people, already suffering from the economic hardships, lost their jobs, without any income. Galloping unemployment and drastic rise of inflation are going hand in hand with this Covid-19 crisis. The economic pressures, as much as the progression of the disease are crushing the population”.
On July 15, Amnesty International said : »There has been an alarming escalation in the use of the death penalty against protesters, dissidents, and members of minority groups in Iran« . During the month of July, a total of eight protesters had their death sentences upheld by the Supreme Court, including three men – Amir Hossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi, and Saied Tamjidi – whose initial sentence caused outrage on social media and forced the temporary delay of their executions.
It is in this context, and in the face of the ever-fierce repression by the regime in place, the Iranian workers continue their struggles. Increasing number of strikes and protests take place. The workers at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Mill in Ahvaz have been on strike for more than 50 days ; it is the longest strike in their history, yet marked by much resistance and social struggles. They are on strike in protest to unpaid wages, for more than three months, poor working conditions and lack of response from regime authorities. A few days ago, thousands of workers from several major sectors of the petroleum and petrochemical industry went on strike in a coordinated manner. At the end of last week, the teachers organized a demonstration in front of the Islamic assembly denouncing social injustice.
The member of the »International Labor Network of Solidarity and Struggles« reaffirm their support and solidarity with the workers in Iran. International solidarity is essential, let us know our struggles all over the world !