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Iran: Workers walkout in petrochemical company in Lordegan

Workers protest in LordeganNCRI – Workers and subcontractors went on strike over pay cuts in the southwestern city of Lordegan on Monday.

All 400 employees of the petrochemical company walled out. The management was supposed to have signed a log term contract with the part time workers after a 45 days temporary deal. However, after 65 days the management is refusing to sign the new contract.

Workers protest in Lordegan NCRI – Workers and subcontractors went on strike over pay cuts in the southwestern city of Lordegan on Monday.

All 400 employees of the petrochemical company walled out. The management was supposed to have signed a log term contract with the part time workers after a 45 days temporary deal. However, after 65 days the management is refusing to sign the new contract.

On Sunday, more 200 building machineries rented for the company stopped working since their operators were on strike.

Workers at two nearby sister companies were also on strike in support of the Lordegan petrochemical company.  Top managements at all these firms are well connected to the government which is the main reason for not giving in to workers demands.

It has been used as a major tactic by the industrial firms with government backings not to hire workers on permanent basis to escape paying for workers' health insurance and other benefits.
 
On October 21, Mohammad Jahromi, the mullahs' regime Labor Minister in a rear admission said, "More 250,000 workers lost their jobs in the first six months of Iranian Persian calendar year starting March 22," reported the state-run news agency ILNA on Monday.

"We should expect the figure to rise," Jahromi added.
 
This comes at time when according to the regime's own figures an additional one million people entered the labor market in the same period.
 
However, the actual figure of the unemployment under the ruling religious fascism is much higher than the occasionally published government figures.
 
In protest to layoffs and back-pays hundreds of factories and workshops went on strike last year.
 
Among them are: Havt-Tapeh Sugar Cane Factory in the southern city of Shoosh, Kiyan Tire factory in Saveh, Tabas Mining Factory, Sarcheshmeh Cupper Factory in the southern city of Kerman, Jahad Agriculture in the southern city of Bushehr, Gavmishan Dam Factory and Sugar-Beet Factory in the western city of Kamyaran, Siyah-Roukh Factory in the western city of Divandareh, Energy Company in the southern city of Asaloyeh, Aras China Factory in the northwestern province of Azerbaijan, Pashmineh Baf Factory in the western city of Qazvin, Mehrpouya Textile Factory in the central city of Isfahan, Navard Company in the western city of Karaj, Iran's Telecommunications and Sandouq Nasouz in Tehran, Hamid China Factory, and municipal workers in Sa'adabad, Avangan factory in the central city of Arak and Iran Khodro in Tehran.