Iran has a long tradition of trade unionism which, after the trade union movement played a free osanlooleading 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.

Iran 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.

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