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Iran: Strikes and protests in cities around the country

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NCRI - Some 3,000 Iron dealers in Tehran continued their strike for the fourth day on Saturday protesting tax increase.

The workers and employees at Iran Tire Company staged a protest against the expulsion of a number of workers, reduction in wages, and the increasing working hours from 8 to 12.

Butchers in the city of Najafabad (central Iran) continued their protest against tax increase by closing their shops. Their protest began on May 24.

In Isfahan (central Iran), the strike by stonecutters continued for the sixth day.

In the city of Bafq (central Iran), strike by some 5,000 miner at Bafgh Iron Ore Mine against privatization of the mine entered its 12th day.

Laborers of factories and production centers in the country who under the pretext of privatization are plundered by government officials and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are not paid wages or dividends for long times and many are fired from work.

In the city of Shahr-e Kord (Southern Iran), 1,000 bakery owners went on strike to protest an increase in the price of flour. The sandwich shops are closed. In a month, the price of one ton of flour has jumped from 38,000 to 54,000 tomans.

The regime's authorities in the city of Behbahan (southwestern Iran), were forced to pay the delayed wages of municipal workers after several days of protest .

Similarly, on May 28 in Ahvaz (southwestern Iran), a number of contract workers assembled outside the Governor office. In fear of the spread of this protest move, the regime's intelligence and security elements have encircled the protestors.

On the same day in the city of Hamedan (western Iran), a number of telecommunication employees assembled outside office of the head Telecommunications of Hamedan Province to protest non-payment of their wages for two months.

On May 27 and 28, in the city of Sanadaj (western Iran), 450 laborers of Azad Earth Dam went on strike to protest delayed wages for four months.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 31, 2014