Iran: Brave Strike and Demonstration of Ahvaz Steel Workers Enters the Second Month
Iran Uprising- No. 235
On Sunday, December 9th, workers from the Ahvaz National Steel Industrial Group continued their strike and demonstrations for the thirtieth day. While marching on the streets of the city and passing by state institutions, the workers, being supported by other people, chanted: "Imprisoned work must be released"; "Neither threats, nor prison are useful anymore"; "Call of every worker: Death to The tyrant "; "Workers would rather die than accept humiliation"; "We stand; we die until we get our rights "; "Our country is place of thieves, it is unique in the world”; “Rouhani, the liar; where is your key to the problems?” Workers carried banners which read: “Do not sacrifice workers to the brokerage mafia”; “Isn’t authorities’ silence against the Mafia the reason for their complicity?”
This brave strike and demonstration takes place while the regime's leaders, by threats and incentives and giving deceptive promises, seek to push the workers to break their strike. However, the workers stressed that they would continue their protests until they achieve all their goals, including returning the company to the main body of the government, establishing all production lines, supplying the necessary equipment and parts, solving the workers' insurance problem, and paying regular and timely salaries of the workers.
The Haft Tapeh Sugarcane workers also resumed their protest on Sunday morning. They protest the regime's hollow promise to release detained representatives of the workers, and said they would not tolerate so many false promises.
At the same time, angry drivers of the South Drilling Company on the outskirts of the city of Ahvaz went on strike in protest against not paying their salaries and their poor livelihood. They blocked the Ahvaz road at the airport's T junction.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 9, 2018