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Ardalan
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posted May 03, 2001 10:37     Click Here to See the Profile for Ardalan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

TEHRAN, May 1 (AFP) - Several thousand factory workers marked May Day on Tuesday with a peaceful rally outside of parliament calling for more attention to their plight.

"We have come before the house of the people to attract the attention of government officials to our problems," said a worker from a factory close to Tehran.

Workers from various parts of the capital converged on the parliament building in central Tehran, where reformist MP Elias Hazrati and workers representative Ali-Reza Mahjub gave a speech.

In a closing statement, the workers urged the authorities to "take measures" to "solve their salary problems".

"We are asking the authorities to pay more attention to our problems such as the presence of foreign labour force and temporary working contracts", the statement said.

They demanded the government take rapid action to put an end to the illegal work of refugees and called on both bosses and workers to sit down together and negotiate a solution to their problems.

"Just like choosing a job is a right, striking, whether individually or collectively, should also be recognised as a right", the demonstrators said.

Iranian law does not explicitly recognise the right to go on strike, but stipulates that workers can "suspend their activity while remaining at the workplace".

Iran marks May Day each year with various official ceremonies to reward the nation's "best workers," but factories nationwide are now suffering from a cash crunch which has left many employees unpaid over long periods of time.

Some 500 workers from a nearby shoe factory blocked a major highway outside the capital last month to protest working conditions as well as salaries which they said they had not received in nearly a year.

Iran is battling unemployment of around 15 percent of the active population, according to official statistics, while unofficial estimates put the number of jobless substantially higher.

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Violence erupts during May Day gathering in Isfahan

TEHRAN, May 2 (AFP) - A group of workers from a textile factory in the central Iranian city of Isfahan resorted to violence during a May Day gathering in a local gym, a press report said Wednesday.

According to the afternoon Kayhan paper, the workers -- who had not been paid for four months -- began vandalising the gym hall Tuesday after a speech by reformist MP Soheila Jelodarzadeh.

They headed for the town hall, but were dispersed by police.

"It is a day of mourning today, the poor workers are mourning," Kayhan quoted the workers as chanting.

The disturbance in Isfahan was the only reported incident on May Day, which was marked by a peaceful rally of several thousand workers in the Iranian capital.

Laborers from various parts of Tehran gathered outside the reform-majority parliament, where reformist MP Elias Hazrati and workers representative Ali-Reza Mahjub spoke.

They demanded that officials "solve their salary problems" and called for rapid action by the government to put an end to illegal work by refugees.

Iranian law does not explicitly recognise the right to strike, but stipulates that workers can "suspend their activity while remaining at the workplace".

Iran marks May Day each year with various official ceremonies to reward the nation's "best workers," but factories nationwide are now suffering from a cash crunch which has left many employees unpaid over long periods of time.

According to official statistics, Iran is battling unemployment of around 15 percent of the active population, while unofficial estimates put the number of jobless substantially higher.

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Violent Clash in Tehran results in several wounded

SMCCDI News Service
May 2, 2001

A violent clash happened, this afternoon, in the east part of Tehran between the Islamic regime's Security forces and hundreds of demonstrators who tried to defend several Provisional Shop keepers from being aggressed by members of the Bassidj force.

The Bassidj members who were backing the Tehran's Municipality officers, requesting the closure of these businesses, used of violence to break the shops.

Soon, hundreds of the "Khavaran" residents rushed to rescue the shop keepers clashing with Bassidj members who used Tear gas and guns against the demonstrators.

Based on the last reports the regime has been able to crush the demonstration by wounding and arresting several demonstrators.

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