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Factory workers protest unpaid salaries outside parliament

TEHRAN, June 26 (AFP) - Several hundred Iranian factory workers, unpaid for more than a year, demonstrated for their salaries in front of the nation's parliament Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency reported. Two reformist parliament members came out to meet with the workers, who are employed by a men's clothing factory.

The demonstrators demanded their salaries and denounced "the incompetence" of the factory's management, IRNA said.

One worker said the factory is "on the edge of bankruptcy."

There have been at least three labour protests in Iran since April, with many workers complaining about layoffs and unpaid salaries.

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

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