Iran’s economic and social situation under the mullahs’ regime has reached a point where the regime’s officials and media are forced to acknowledge the Iranian society’s explosive situation. In this regard, the state-run Jamaran website published an article on May 1, the International Workers’Day. This article is a clear acknowledgment of Iranian society’s explosive situation.
The statistics given by the state-run media outlets in Iran—particularly about economic issues—are usually many times less than the reality. Yet, even the regime’s own statistics, which portray a picture of Iran’s economic situation under mullahs’ regime, demonstrates the regime’s devastating situation. The translation of the Jamaran website’s article, which was published on May 1, 2020, follows:
40 years of consecutive inflation and the recent decade’s economic crisis, which have destroyed Iran’s middle class, have increased the population of workers. Many university graduates, under the pressure of life, have become workers to continue living with dignity. During the first years after the revolution, we [regime’s officials] created fake state-run unions and eliminated all independent unions leaving [workers] defenseless; so they couldn’t protest and have no one to protect their rights, so their savings in insurance funds become a toy in governments’ hands, their purchase power decreased daily and finally, despite their age, they have a much smaller share of the national wealth.
If a worker, before the revolution, could purchase a house in 24-year installments, now in 2020, they must pay 137 years of installments to have a house. If in 1979, a worker was able to purchase a Peykan automobile by only saving 13 months of their income, now, in 2020, they can purchase a Perayd automobile by saving 46 months of their income. If in 1979 each worker was able to purchase 74 kg of meat with only one month of their income, now they can purchase the only 17kg of meat with a month’s income. And if in 1979, they were able to use their salary to purchase 12 grams of gold, now they can use their monthly wage to purchase 3,5 grams of gold.
In a nutshell, a worker’s family table today is a quarter of what it was during the first days of the revolution. Why? Because while workers’ income has increased 900 times, yet approximately, the fuel, bread, and automobile prices have increased by a factor of 3,000, housing prices 6,000, and the coin price 10,000. Of course, this is only about 12-13 million official workers in the country. There are about 5 million workers in the country who are completely forgotten, and their situation is worse. They have unofficial employment, which means they have a much less salary than the official workers. In addition, they are working without having any sort of insurance and social welfare. Yes, this is the essence of our achievements for the workers in these 40 years.
For this reason, a huge part of the November 2019 protesters [the nationwide Iran protests sparked by the sudden increase in fuel prices] are the unemployed children of these workers. This year, what choice does a government with zero oil revenue and a 50% budget deficit have other than printing banknotes? And this means a higher inflation rate and workers’ table shrinking, making the next protesting force more explosive. Will anyone listen? Is there a will to bring the country out of this bone-breaking deadlock?