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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.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined union leaders in other countries to urge governments negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme in Vienna this week to expand the talks to cover Iran's appalling human and trade union rights record.
20 October 2014
The TUC is urging trade unionists to join an Amnesty International urgent action demanding freedom for jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, who started a hunger strike on 1 June. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Iranian Ambassador in Paris (the nearest Embassy to the UK) demanding...
07 June 2014
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 lawyer.
13 May 2012
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 represents teachers' trade unions around the world, and its member organisation in Iran, the Coordinating...
11 March 2012
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 Geneva.
16 June 2011
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 . You can order materials at
16 June 2011
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, shackled hand and foot to his bed. We are calling for...
14 February 2011
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 Amnesty International. We are calling on the authorities in...
11 December 2010
At the International Trade Union Confederation's world congress in Vancouver in June, the TUC joined many other union confederations and Amnesty International to raise the case of the jailed Iranian trade unionists.
08 July 2010
Iranian trade unionists are under constant threat of harassment, arrest and violence by the Iranian government, the Revolutionary Guard and employers. British trade unionists have been in the forefront of solidarity campaigns with Iran's free trade unions, and now two more brave trade union leaders need our support.
16 June 2010