[Marxism] Update on Transit Strike in Tehran/Iran

Mahmood ketabchi mekchi at verizon.net
Sun Jan 29 08:37:39 MST 2006

Issue date: 28/1/2006

To workers, all trade unions and progressive organisations of the world

Condemn the attack on our strike

On behalf of the 17,000 workers and employees of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, we would like to inform you, the labour organisations of the world and all those who are distressed by the violation of the most evident rights of people, that today, 28th January, our all-out strike met the unprecedented assault of the security forces of the Islamic Republic.

They raided our homes from the night before; they even took our young kids to prison.  They arrested a large number of people - the exact figure for which we still don't have, but certainly over several hundred.  They forced some of our colleagues to drive the buses, by beating them up and threatening them.  They enlisted the help of drivers from the armed forces, and set upon us thousands of police and security officers - both uniformed and plain clothed - in order to smash our strike.  This is the situation we are in.

What was the strike for?  It was for the release of Mr Ossanlou and the other leaders of the Syndicate, thrown into jail for no reason at all by bullying.  It was for the introduction of collective bargaining, for the recognition of the union, for a pay increase, and so on.  Can you believe it that for such demands they would launch such a brutal and massive war on us bus workers?

This is what the Islamic Republic did, and we have no choice but to continue our struggle with even greater resolve and unity.  We ask you our colleagues and fellow workers throughout the world, you who can have your own unions and organisations, to condemn this action of the Iranian state.  We trust that you will call for the immediate and unconditional release of all the detainees, for the recognition of our union and for the meeting of our demands.  We expect that you will condemn the assault on our strike and demand the prosecution and punishment of all those who stormed workers' picket lines.

We hereby thank all those trade unions and organisations who have supported our struggles.  We have a hard and long battle ahead of us and urge you to continue your support.


Syndicate of Workers and Employees of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company


For more info. check the website:  http://labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Iran<http://labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Iran>


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