[Marxism] Tehran Bus Workers’ Protest – Update 3, Saturday 31 December 2005

Metin Sarp metin_sarp at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 4 08:22:23 MST 2006


Tehran Bus Workers’ Protest – Update 3, Saturday 31 December 2005

Protest called as union reps are summoned to court;
Union leader still in detention

Workers of Tehran’s Bus Company (Vahed) held talks with Tehran’s mayor 
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf today, Saturday, reiterating their demand for the 
immediate and unconditional release of union leader, Mansoor Ossanlou, as 
well as a series of other demands.

The 40-minute talks broke up without any assurances by Ghalibaf as to when 
Mansoor Ossanlou is to be released. However, Ghalibaf pledged to respond 
within 15 days to the other demands, namely, introduction of collective 
bargaining, the right to form free labour organisations, pay rise and 
dissolution of Islamic Councils of Labour (state made bodies in the 
workplaces).

In a further, disturbing development, 7 union reps, previously detained and 
later released following the workers’ strike last week, have been summoned 
to appear before court tomorrow, New Year’s day, on charges of “disturbance 
and public disorder”. Six of the workers have been named as: 1- Mansoor 
Hayat Gheibi, 2-Ebrahim Madadi, 3- Reza Tarazi, 4- Gholamreza Mirzaee, 5- 
Abbas Najand Kouhi and 6- Ali Zad Hossein.

A protest gathering has been called for tomorrow, 1 January, outside the 
Revolution Court house in Tehran.

The present protest was triggered when on 22nd December a dozen members of 
the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat e Vahed) 
were arrested in armed police raids on their homes. The arrests led to a 
powerful strike on Sunday 25 December, widely supported by the people of the 
capital. Further arrests were made during the strike itself. However, 
workers succeeded in securing the release of all, except the head of the 
union’s executive, Mansoor Ossanlou, who is still being held in Evin Prison 
in Tehran.

Meanwhile, groups of workers from various industries have issued statements 
of support for the bus workers. Messages have come from workers of the Oil 
and Petrochemical industry of Khuzestan, Shaho Textile Company, Kermanshah 
Metal & Mechanical Workers’ Association, Iran Khodro car plant, Kurdistan 
Textile Company, the Follow-Up Committee for the Formation of Free Labour 
Organisations and National Iranian Copper Industry Company.

The Worker-communist Party of Iran has urged labour organisations 
internationally to step up their pressure on the Islamic Republic regime for 
the immediate release of Mansoor Ossanlou and for an end to persecution of 
workers and labour activists.

Please send your letters of protest to the Islamic Republic President 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at ahmadinejad at president.ir and forward a copy to us.

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International Labour Solidarity Committee of the
Worker-communist Party of Iran
Co-ordinator: Shahla Daneshfar (shahla_daneshfar at yahoo.com)
Public Relations: Bahram Soroush (b.soroush at ukonline.co.uk)
www.wpiran.org   www.kargaran.org

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