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BBC Monitoring Service
Jan 21, 2001

Text of report by Iranian newspaper Kayhan on 13 January

Hamedan - Kayhan correspondent: The worst injustice to workers is to permit the importation of goods into the country. Changiz Aslani, the executive secretary of Hamedan's Chamber of Labour, made the above
statement at a meeting of the members of the working Islamic councils of Hamedan Province's factories. He said it is as if difficulties such as temporary contracts, low wages, and the Social Security Organization's
obstacles have not been painful enough that now permission to import goods is added to the suffering of the workers.

About 1,400 factories in the country have been closed down in a situation where we are to create a market for the sale of foreign goods for the benefit of foreigners, he added. He continued by saying that in Hamedan
Province as well, companies, one after another, face difficulties, and for this reason the workers of many of these companies have not received their wages in 3 to 5 months.

He stated that so far, from the Chamber of Labour's labour supporting fund, a sum of 850m rials has been paid in overdue wages to the workers of the Nasim Avar and Sina Mushroom factories. Aslani pointed out that these measures are not a basic solution and the problem should be examined at its roots and that the factory closures and unemployment of workers should be prevented. He also said that it is strange that there is no one to listen to the complaints of these workers. However, when a newspaper is shut down they shout to protest, while with the closure of hundreds of factories no one says anything.

He then announced that in order to maintain and support production, and investigate the existing labour difficulties, seminars entitled "protecting domestic production" and "congress of the Chamber of Labour" will be held at the end of the current year.

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