Maryam Rajavi: Workers’ struggle is a major part of the Iranian people's resistance to topple the ruling religious dictatorship
The Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi congratulated all workers of Iran on the International Labor Day. She expressed her wish that this year would a year of restitution of the rights of millions of honorable workers, men and women, who have been laid off and dismissed or have been doomed to live in fear, poverty and insecurity because their wages are not paid under white or temporary contracts.
Mrs. Rajavi lauded imprisoned workers and said: The nationwide resistance and protests of workers indicate the fact that they rightly see the ruling religious dictatorship as the prime source of oppression and violation of workers' rights. Therefore, the deprived workers of Iran will not achieve their rights unless the clerical regime is overthrown.
The Iranian Resistance's President-elect elaborated on the regime's policies against the interests of Iranian workers and pointed out: Workers lost their jobs and livelihood in the course of the unremitting trend of factories going bankrupt and the shutdown of 60% of industrial centers. The sale and fraudulent auctions of factories, the economic corruption and expansion of black markets, also the bankruptcy of banks and stepped-up import of foreign goods target Iran's workers as their prime victims. In the meantime, the treacherous policy of allocating a lion's share of the country's revenues to the war and massacre in the region, especially in Syria, has made Iranian workers ever poorer and destitute.
She added: For years, the minimum wage of Iranian workers has remained at one dollar per hour. According to the regime's officials, 60% of workers do not even receive their minimum wages. Their purchasing power has plunged 187% since 2009. Lay-offs and dismissals have intensified under Rouhani's government, and those workers who have not yet lost their jobs have not received their wages for months and do not enjoy any job security under white and temporary job contracts. The greater majority of Iran's work force work under such contracts which were designed to subjugate workers and compel them to accept cheap pay.
Addressing Iranian workers all across the country, Mrs. Rajavi reiterated: The clerical regime and its various factions have built their subsistence on the plunder of your energy and livelihood. Nevertheless, their crisis-riddled regime is vulnerable to your solidarity and unity of action, despite its crackdowns.
Your struggle to gain your rights is a major part of the nation's struggle to overthrow the mullahs' religious tyranny, Mrs. Rajavi noted.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 30, 2016