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AMAL-E KARGARI (Workers' Action) No. 8 - Wednesday 24 January 2001.

Amal-e Kargari is a fortnightly electronic bulletin from Iranian Revolutionary Socialists' League (IRSL).

The next issue of Amal-e Kargari will be out on Wednesday 7 February 2001..

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In this issue:

1- MAHMOOD SALEHI TAKEN TO SAGHEZ PRISON YET AGAIN!
2- ALADDIN WORKERS PROTEST AGAIN OVER UNPAID WAGES.
3- 'TRADE UNION' SUBJUGATES WORKERS!
4- WORKERS STRUGGLES.
5 - 90 PERCENT OF WORKERS THREATENED BY POISONING.
6 - REFUGEE SUICIDE IN LEICESTER.

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1- MAHMOOD SALEHI TAKEN TO SAGHEZ PRISON YET AGAIN!

In a statement dated 18 January the Kurdistan Committee of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran announced that the Islamic regime has yet again arrested Mahmood Salehi, the Bakers' Union leader in Kurdistan.

We have translated the Kurdistan Committee's statement in full:

On Tuesday 16 January Mahmood Salehi, the Secretary of the Saghez Bakers' Union, was again taken to Saghez prison. Following the campaign by the Worker-Communist Party of Iran in defence of Mahmood Salehi's freedom and his access to medical treatment, and pressure from workers and freedom-loving people, which included 2000 signatures from Sanandaj and two petitions with 180 and 430 signatures from Saghez, to Khatami, the Ministry of Labour and the media, which demanded his immediate release and treatment, and also under pressure from the warm and widespread support of labour organisations in various countries, the regime's officials could not avoid allowing a limited medical examination and treatment. After observing the poor physical condition and severe kidney problem the medical authorities of Saghez city recommended Mahmood Salehi's release. But in order to delay Mahmood Salehi's release, the authorities sent him to the Sanandaj Public Prosecutor's Office to prolong the medical and legal procedures. But during that time the campaign by the Worker-Communist Party of Iran and also the pressure from the workers and people of Sanandaj, Saghez, and a few other towns, continued and on Tuesday he was returned to Saghez.

Immediately after finding out about Mahmood Salehi's return three cars, with a group of workers and people from Saghez, left for Sanandaj. At Santeh village, 30 kilometres from Saghez, they reached the car carrying him. They gave him a bunch of flowers and embraced him warmly. Another group of people greeted him at 10 kilometres from the city and some others at the Saghez terminal. Until Mahmood Salehi reached the Public Prosecutor's Office a total of over 200 people, bakers, other workers and people greeted him. On Wednesday, on the way to the Public Prosecutor's Office, a group of bakers also met Mahmood at the Bakers' Union. The news of Mahmood's return to Saghez quickly spread through the city and brought about widespread joy among workers and freedom-loving people. At noon on Wednesday 17 January Mahmood was once again transferred to Saghez central prison from the Public Prosecutor's Office. Despite some limited treatment, the condition of his [only] kidney is poor and according to the latest conclusion of the medical authorities he needs immediate and serious treatment.

The campaign of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran will continue until the release of Mahmood Salehi. We once again bring the attention of workers and freedom-loving people to this fact that their pressure can force the regime to free Mahmood Salehi. The quick release of this imprisoned worker and his immediate and serious treatment abroad depend on putting further pressure on the Islamic regime's authorities. The Worker-Communist Party of Iran will extend more than before its tireless efforts for getting wider support from workers' organisations and mobilising the force of workers and freedom-loving people for the immediate release of Mahmood Salehi.

Long live international workers' solidarity

Down with the Islamic Republic

Kurdistan Committee of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran

18 January 2001


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* MAHMOOD SALEHI SOLIDARITY MESSAGES:

We thank you for all your messages so far. Please ask your workmates, trade union, political organisation or students' organisation to support Salehi. He is yet again in jail * - just because he is trying to set up a union! For background information on Salehi's situation see Amal-e Kargari No.3 and Amal-e Kargari No. 3 (Supplement) http://www.kargar.org/english.htm

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2- ALADDIN WORKERS RALLY OUTSIDE MAJLES OVER UNPAID WAGES.

Around 150 Aladdin stove factory workers demonstrated outside the Majles (parliament) on Sunday 14 January over working conditions and months of unpaid wages. The workers from one of Iran's oldest factories carried banners publicising the fact that they have not been paid for the past four months. They hoped that their protest their will bring their plight to the attention of Majles deputies.

In November around 300 workers from Aladdin blockade motorway outside Tehran over their unpaid wages.

Source: (AFP)


3- 'TRADE UNION' SUBJUGATES WORKERS!

Communiqué 18
7 January 2001

Today 70 workers gathered in front of the Eskan trade union and demonstrated against the loan repayment schemes and the poor state of housing in Andisheh, a newly built town. The workers declared that "the trade union has not kept its promises to the workers and the apartments have experienced many financial problems." The workers also said that in 1995 the union's leaders borrowed 15 million rials ($1875 at the 'free market' rate) for each worker and that this loan was not paid to the workers in 1998 and there has been no attempt at setting up instalments.

The workers said that the interest rate on the loan was 20.5 percent and that they cannot afford to repay it and added: "Repaying four time the bank loan is unprecedented among banking provisions."

They reminded everyone that: "By paying 8 million rials the Eskan union has been a partner in the construction of the housing units and the profit from this partnership is 18 percent, even though, according to the resolution of the social provision high council, the profit was announced as 15 percent."

The workers said that according to surveyors the price of the apartments should be 30 million rials each: "The union wants 55 million in cash for them and now wants 350,000 instalments." One of the workers pointed out that the union bosses had illegally sold 152 apartments to the security forces and that the leaders have enriched themselves: "There's nowhere else in the world where unions subjugate the workers." (ISNA)

The above news show that the regime's made-to-order 'unions', that are supposedly set up to take care of the workers do nothing but cheat and con them. The workers need their own independent unions. The workers need independent loan funds. Only through the setting up of independent (from the government and parties tied to it) can the workers run their own affairs and resist extortion.


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4- WORKERS STRUGGLES.

Tehran: Garment workers from the Behpoush factory protested against unpaid wages dating back from 18 months ago! Their picket outside the Bank of Industry and Mines publicised their plight to a large number of people in Tehran and was covered by Kar-o-Kargar (the official labour daily) on 18 January..


Kashan: Around 150 workers from the Kashan Mohtasham Carpets protested outside the Governor's office and demanded the payment of their unpaid wages. Workers from the Gohartab textiles factory joined them. Earlier 150 workers had been sacked from Kashan Mohtasham Carpets. (Hambastegi, 17 January)


5 - 90 PERCENT OF WORKERS THREATENED BY POISONING

Some 90 percent of Iran's 10 million workers are at risk of contracting various diseases from exposure to harmful chemicals as well as from the effects of physical, biological, ergonomic and psychological stress in their working place, a university professor, Sassan Beheshti, said in Tehran on 17 January.

Speaking at a conference on chemical poisoning, he admitted there are no available statistics on the number of people affected in the country, adding this is due to the lack of awareness of Iranian doctors of the health situation in workshops.

Another doctor, Fakhroddin Taghaddosi-Nejad, said that "some 15 to 20 percent of illnesses in the country seem to be related to poisoning."

Source: IRNA.


6 - REFUGEE SUICIDE IN LEICESTER

The body of Ramin Khaleghi, a 27-year-old Iranian, was discovered in a hostel housing refugees in Leicester on 18 January. Despite the fact that Mr Khaleghi had been a political prisoner in Iran for a number of years, and that there was medical evidence that he had endured torture at the hands of the Iranian regime's authorities, the Home Office rejected his claim. After undergoing all those hardships, he had managed to flee to Britain only to have his hopes dashed by the New Labour government. One week after his case was rejected he took his own life.

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