For Immediate publication
This is a statement issued by Iranian Workers on the occasion of May Day. HOPI is issuing it as a press release on their behalf. Futher information is available from Anne Mc Shane email@example.com 086 23 43 238
May 1st is the day of international Solidarity of the working class and a day for laborers to protest global poverty and inequality. On this day millions of Workers around the world stop working, to conquer the streets and show their anger and disgust with the announcement of the numerous disasters that capitalism has inflicted on humanity, and scream for liberation from oppression and exploitation.
Resounding protest against the hardship of capitalism and inequality of Workers will be heard all around the world on May 1st while prohibition of celebration of this day in Iran is in effect, and many organizing Workers of the May 1388/2009 event have been convicted and imprisoned and subjected to heavy sentences. Labor leaders and activists and are languishing in prison for defending their basic human rights.
Imposing such appalling lack of social rights for Workers in conditions that in three decades of a capitalist system in Iran after the 1957 (1979) revolution, has reduced the minimum wage to a quarter below the poverty line and lack of timely payment of these wages and the firing of masses of Workers, temporary contracts, have imposed hellish conditions on millions of Workers families. Today more than ever to ensure the profitability of capital, factories are closed and subsidies cut in determination to cut the last threads of survival for millions of worker families and pour them into the pockets of investors.
But as we Workers showed in the 1957 revolution as well as in recent years, we will not tolerate this misery and despite prison and repression will stand ahead with the people against violation of our most basic human rights and will not allow them to ruin our existence more. We are the main producers of all wealth and products in society and are entitled to human life in accordance with the highest standards of human life today.
In this context we also protest against circumstances since last Labor Day , since the masses in Iran have been exposed to suppression of their rights. We make the following demands and with immediate effect:
1 We are free to act independent of the government and our employers -to strike, protest, march, assemble and speak freely. This is our right and must be unconditional in recognition of the social rights of Workers and the people of Iran.
2 We see the plan to cut subsidies (by targeted subsidies) and the minimum wage of 303 Tomans as a gradual imposition of death of millions of working class families and demand immediate suspension of plans to cut subsidies and increase the minimum wage to one million Tomans.
3 Workers wages in arrears are to be paid immediately and with no excuses. Non-payment should be prosecuted as a crime and damages caused to the Workers must be paid for.
4 The Dismissal of Workers by any excuse must be stopped and those who are unemployed or have attained the age of employment and are prepared to work must be given suitable unemployment insurance until employed.
5 We want to eliminate temporary contracts and the signing of blank contracts and demand employment security for all Workers and wage recipients in accordance with the highest standards of health and safety. We ask for the elimination of state governed environments from all facilities.
6 We demand the eradication of the death penalty and the immediate and unconditional release of Ebrahim Madadi, Mansour Osanloo, Ali Nejati and all labor activists and other social movements and protestors from prison and a stop to the persecution against them.
7 We condemn any aggression towards protest against violation of our rights and view this type of freedom expression as an irredeemable right of the public.
8 We want to eradicate all laws that are discriminatory to women and to ensure full equality and the unconditional rights of women and men in all areas of social, economic, political, cultural and family life.
9 We want all pensioners to enjoy a prosperous life without economic concern and to eliminate any discrimination in the payment of retirement pensions and benefits from their social security and health care.
10 Child labor must be eradicated and all children must be entitled to educational facilities, health and welfare, independent of gender and race, religion, or social and economic status of their parents.
11 We hereby announce our support for all liberal social movements, and strongly condemn arrest, trial and imprisonment of activists of any movement.
12 We also announced strong support for the demands of teachers, nurses and other working classes of society and united with them, want to achieve their immediate demands
13 We are part of the worlds Workers and strongly condemn the dismissal and imposition of any discrimination of Afghan migrant Workers and other nationalities.
14 We appreciate all the support from international Workers in and strongly support the protests and demands of Workers worldwide and are united with them more than ever with emphasis on international Solidarity of Workers to escape the capitalist system.
15 May 1st must be declared an official holiday in the country and included in the official calendar and any restrictions regarding recognition of the anniversary of this day will be abolished.
Long Live May 1st
Long live the international Solidarity of Workers
May 1, 2010 - Ordibehesht 11, 1389
Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company
Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company
Liberties Union of Workers
Staff of Open Metalwork and Mechanics Union
Inaugurated Board of the Syndicate of Painters
Association of Kermanshah Electrical Workers and Metalworks
Committee in Pursuit of Free trade Associations
Coordination Committee for the Creation of Labor Organizations
Association for the Defense of Dismissed and Unemployed Turpentine Workers