Iran has a long tradition of trade unionism which, after the trade union movement played a leading role in overthrowing the Shah at the end of the 1970s, was replaced by state-sanctioned trade unions (known as Workers' House) and repressed by the Revolutionary Guard and special courts which operate outside the laws of the Republic.
The TUC supports the rebirth of free and independent trade unionism in Iran, and works in solidarity with the trade unions in sectors like baking, teaching and transport, calling for jailed trade unionists to be freed.
is a developed, industrial economy, but workers often find their wages unpaid
for months, and profitable workplaces closed down because of corruption. We
oppose military intervention in Iran, and believe that the attempt to demonise
Iran only serves to allow the Government to justify the repression of its people
in the name of anti-imperialism.
The most recent documents available on this subject are:ACT NOW! Free Iranian trade unionists
The TUC is backing an Amnesty International call to release jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, currently serving a six-year prison sentence, as well as to clarify the whereabouts of Zabihollah Bagheri and provide access to his family and his...PDF version available for download
Prof Abdolreza Ghanbari, an Iranian university lecturer, has been sentenced to death for 'enmity towards God'. He was previously involved in teacher union activities until his union, ITTA, was dissolved in 2007. Education International, which represe...PDF version available for download
These are the remarks made by Shane Enright, Amnesty International Global Trade Union Adviser at the launch of Determined to Live in Dignity: Iranian trade unionists struggle for rights and the global Iran Workers' Rights Campaign at the ILO in Genev...PDF version available for download
The TUC is joining with Amnesty International and global union federations to support a new campaign for Iranian workers' rights. Visit the website, order and send the campaign postcards, and take the email action at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/iranbus...PDF version available for download
As Iranian people demonstrate for freedom on the streets of Iran's major cities, the TUC is joining Amnesty International to protest about the situation facing Iranian bus workers' leader Mansour Osanloo, who is now in hospital with heart problems, s...PDF version available for download
The TUC is supporting a global trade union campaign in solidarity with Iranian trade union leader Reza Shahabi, who has been on hunger strike since 4 December in protest at his continuing imprisonment. The global campaign includes the ITUC, ITF and A...PDF version available for download
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