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AMAL-E KARGARI (Workers' Action) No. 11 - Wednesday 21 March 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 4 April 2001.


- 7 March 2001

Dear comrades of IRSL:
We are sending you now our unconditional moral solidarity.
We began a wide information and appeal to the Russian and Ukrainian workers
in demand to stop the arrest of 25 Esfahan workers.
With warm regards.
From International Workers Party
Pavel Slutsky


* We urge everyone to send solidarity messages to amal@kargar.org (or
BM KARGAR, * London WC1N 3XX, UK). Protest letters should be sent to Mohammad
* (Mohammad Khatami, The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,
* Tehran, Iran; or emails to khatami@president.ir or fax 0098- 216 464
* We should also be grateful if you would bring the case of the Esfahan
workers to the
* attention of your workmates, trade union, political group or students'
* For further information on the Esfahan textile workers see Amal-e Kargari
No. 10.
* <http://www.kargar.org/english.htm>
* Iranian Revolutionary Socialists' League


* 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.

* Amal-e Kargari No. 3 (Supplement) <http://www.kargar.org/english.htm>


* Our new postal address for sending all publications/correspondence is:
* BM KARGAR, LONDON WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom.

In this issue:

1- Preparing for the 'presidential election'.
2- Workers' News.
3- International Women's Day.
4- Roshangaran Radio.



Morad Shirin

Less than three months before the 'election', to the office that the present
incumbent ('President' Khatami) has admitted leaves him "powerless", the
clerical-capitalist regime's courts have closed down five more publications
and jailing members of the banned (but previously tolerated) 'Iran Freedom
Movement' and the 'Religious-Nationalist Alliance'. Following the closure
of Harim on 8 March, allegedly for insulting the 'President', Mobin and
Jame-ye Madani weeklies and the monthly Payam-e Emrooz were also banned.
But the most significant closure was that of Doran-e Emrooz following an
editorial on Sunday 18 March which compared the current measures against
the nationalists to the situation in the early 1950s.

Then the US and Britain overthrew Dr Mohammad Mossadegh and restored Mohammad-Reza
Shah's unbridled dictatorship. Doran-e Emrooz believes that: "The defeat
of the nationalist movement ... was apparently a victory for the monarchy,
but it destroyed the chance of reforming the monarchist system within public
opinion and this made the revolution and the overthrow of the monarchy legitimate."
The 'reformist' paper also warned that the events surrounding the oil nationalisation
movement of half a century ago represent "an important lesson for all political
forces today."

The so-called 'judiciary' of the mollah-capitalist dictatorship, controlled
by the 'conservatives', immediately banned the paper. It also blamed the
'reformist' controlled Culture Ministry for the closures and said that "if
the ministry had attended to its responsibility for watching over publications
as it is charged to do, a large number of them certainly would not have
been suspended"!

With some 30 newspapers and journals banned over the past year, and even
the 'loyal opposition' in jail, the 'election' on 8 June is going to be
even more of a charade than the 'election' that gave the 'reformers' a majority
in Majles (parliament).

While different factions of the regime are jockeying for position before
the 'election', the struggle of the Iranian people for a decent standard
of living and the most basic of political rights continues. The class struggle
of workers who have not been paid for months, who are facing runaway inflation,
who are threatened with privatisation and redundancies continues. The struggles
of the youth, women, national minorities, students and so on continue regardless
of who has an upper hand in this brutal prison.

The 'third front', those among workers, youth, women and national minorities
who are struggling against both the 'reformers' and the 'conservatives',
is becoming stronger. IRSL is doing its utmost to help those fighting both
factions of the regime to develop the means and vision for overthrowing
the mollahs and capitalists in Iran. But the 'third front' also needs the
solidarity and support of trade unionists and socialists throughout the

21 March 2001



*** The workers of Aladdin close the Tehran-Karaj motorway yet again

Around 330 angry workers of Aladdin stove factory demonstrated against not
being paid for a whole year! Despite being promised that they will get paid
by Norooz (the Iranian New Year's day on 20 March) they made a 'pre-emptive
strike'. On 10 March they yet again blocked the Tehran-Karaj motorway and
said that their protest will continue until they are paid all the wages
owed to them and are given job security.

In January they demonstrated outside the Majles (parliament) over working
conditions and months of unpaid wages and closed the motorway in November.
These struggles were covered in Amal-e Kargari No. 8.

Source: (ISNA)

*** The warning from Tehran City Council workers

The sacked workers of Tehran City Council published a protest letter warning
those in power that this is the fifth consecutive year they have had to
take action to publicise their plight. They said that nothing has been done
to improve their situation. They cannot buy any new clothes for their children
or feed them properly. Their families will not be able to celebrate Norooz.

Source: (ISNA, 12.3.2001)

These news items were gathered by Roshangaran Radio.



As part of IRSL's activities commemorating International Women's Day Comrade
Sara Ghazi contributed an article to the didgah.com discussion forum on
the "Position of Women in History". She also wrote an article on the current
situation of women in Iran (published in Kargar-e Socialist No. 96) and
gave an interview on the same subject on Roshangaran Radio. Sara Ghazi
also took part in a discussion on women under the 'Islamic Republic' on
Bruske Radio, a radio station on the Internet run by Kurdish activists.



Roshangaran Radio is an Internet radio station run by IRSL supporters Renowa
Rasekh and Samar Homayooni. If you have any Iranian contacts or friends
please let them know that Roshangaran Radio may be accessed through our
"links" page. The programmes are broadcast live every Friday at 19:00 GMT.
The next broadcast will include extracts from Sara Ghazi's interview on
the current situation of women in Iran.


Editor: Morad Shirin
London WC1N 3XX, UK.

If you have any comments on the contents or format of this bulletin please
email amal@kargar.org

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