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AMAL-E KARGARI (Workers' Action) No. 13 - Tuesday 1 May 2001.
SPECIAL MAY DAY ISSUE

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

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SPECIAL MAY DAY ISSUE

This issue contains statements that we have received from Iran. These have
been distributed in Tabriz, Tehran, Arak, Shiraz, Abadan, Ghazvin and other
cities. Some 30,000 of the statement entitled "May Day: From commemorative
messages to practical steps" were distributed in Iran. We have not received
all the statements yet and will translate and send others as soon as we
get them.

We look on the launch of the Workers' Independent Union of Iran (WIUI) as
one of the most significant events in the class struggle of the proletariat
in Iran since the overthrow of the Shah.


In this issue:

1- WIUI May Day Resolution
2- May Day: From commemorative messages to practical steps
3- May Day Invitation
4- Create jobs for the unemployed
5- Shadanpoor workers should be given a bank loan to take over the company
6- All workers must be covered by the Labour Code!

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1- Long live May Day: Day of working class unity and will

Resolution

1- We demand that the International Labour Organisation conventions 87 and
98 on the freedom of trade unions and the right to organise and collective
bargaining for the creation of independent workers organisations be signed.

2- We demand a stop to the baseless sackings and firings.

3- We demand the immediate payment of the unpaid wages of all workers.

4- We demand that the Labour Code should protect all workers in workshops
with less than five workers.

5- We demand job security for contract and short-term workers through hiring
on a permanent basis and revoking short-term contracts.

6- We demand that provisions and job security be created for women workers,
the first victims of the sackings and firings.

7- We demand that jobs are created for all workers who are prepared to work.

8- We demand the provision of the basics necessities of life for unemployed
workers until they find employment.

9- We demand the official recognition of the right to strike and protest
for achieving our working class demands.

Workers' Independent Union of Iran
11 Ordibehesht 1380 (1 May 2001)


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2- May Day: From commemorative messages to practical steps

International Labour Day is not just an historic and symbolic day.
International Labour Day is not the day when superiors congratulate workers
and wish them well.
International Labour Day is the day of the expression of the unity and will
of the working class, the day of pledge of solidarity for realising our
denied rights.
Labour Day is the day for voicing our common sorrow, the day of our united
will.
International Labour Day is the day of independent working class action,
without any order from above by a shah, god, hero, the day of stoking up
our furnace by ourselves.
Long live May Day the day of workers' direct action, the urgent cry of their
desires, the day for expressing their own united and independent will.

On top of voicing our common demands and in addition to showing solidarity
and power, on May Day this year, we should attempt to co-ordinate our future
struggles. We should attempt to turn this day into the starting point of
our contacts. During this year we should attempt to strengthen these contacts
with the aim of co-ordinating protests, so that we can turn the single production
unit and factory activities into co-ordinated and united in the quest for
realising our demands.

By creating new comradeship among workers, we should be able to turn May
Day into the day of exchanging experiences and discussion.

Right now 2000 of Shadanpoor's workers have not been paid for months.
The militant workers of the Aladdin stove factory, despite closing off the
road, demonstrating outside parliament and the Labour Ministry, see their
problems remain unresolved.

The gathering of the workers of Bonyad-e Beton cement works to protest against
the sacking of 200 of their workmates has not been successful. The protest
of the workers of the Se Setareh shoe factory, outside the Industry Ministry,
and their being beaten up for it, have not yielded anything. Why can't these
protests be co-ordinated?

Why should the workers of the Nasaji-ye Shomal, Taranj Kalani, Iran Jika,
Nakh-e Taz, the Tonsar company, Shir-e Pastorizeh Gilan and dozens of other
companies in Gilan, who are owed wages for as much as 30 months, not co-ordinate
activities with the workers of Rasht Electric Co. who have been on strike
for several days?

Fellow-destined ones, the era of single unit or factory protests is over.
They are not effective. By creating communication committees, and through
contact between them and other companies with common and specific problems,
we can co-ordinate our activity. We can achieve our demands only through
co-ordinated and united activities.

Let us broaden our workers' unity, by workers of other factories sending
statements that support the demands of workers of companies who are directly
involved in a struggle for achieving their rights. With our demands and
slogans below, we commemorate International Labour Day.

• Independent workers' organisations must be set up!
• The right to strike and protest is our basic right!
• Unity, unity, the workers must unite!
• Workers' wages must be paid unconditionally!
• All workers must be covered by the Labour Code!
• The Labour Code must be amended!
• Workers' wages must rise in line with inflation!

Long live May Day the day of unity and solidarity of the workers of the
world!
Build independent workers' organisations!


Workers' Independent Union of Iran
22 Esfand 1379 (12 March 2001)


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3- Long live May Day: Day of working class unity and will

We invite everyone who thinks about human dignity and respect; everyone
who is ready to take a step - just a single step – towards the realisation
of the demands of the most deprived human beings; everyone who by hearing
that workers have not been paid their wages for 30 months, is uneasy about
the trampled basic rights of the most honourable of human beings and the
innocent and muted gaze of the workers' families; everyone who believes
that for workers to be paid their wages is a natural right of the workers,
and that not paying workers their wages is a crime and a return to slavery;
everyone who defends the workers and their minimum demands against the oppression
of capitalists and those who accumulate wealth.

On International Labour Day we invite everyone who support the workers to
stand at the side of us workers and sympathise with workers and voice workers'
independent slogans.

On May Day, we the workers, together with our families, will be voicing
our minimum human rights.

Workers' Independent Union of Iran
8 Ordibehesht 1380 (28 April 2001)

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4- Create jobs for the unemployed

Until the time when jobs have been created for every worker who is prepared
to work, the workers must still be able to provide the bare necessities
of life for themselves and their families.

Workers who until yesterday were creating wealth and are unemployed today,
must still have the basic necessities of life. A portion of the value that
workers created while working must be returned to workers as unemployment
insurance when they are unemployed. To cast aside workers and their families
when unemployed is a return to the era of slavery.

Either jobs or provision.


Workers' Independent Union of Iran
3 Ordibehesht 1380 (23 April 2001)

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5- Shadanpoor workers should be given a bank loan to take over the company

After about nine months of trying to get payment of unpaid wages, from writing
petitions to holding various protest actions, actions that were unsuccessful,
on Sunday 8 April the workers of Shadanpoor gathered outside the headquarters
of this company on Mehrabad Avenue to protest for the payment of nine months'
unpaid wages.

The workers explained their situation to passers-by and the people expressed
sympathy with the workers and defended them. It should be mentioned that
the management of the company abandoned it about nine months ago and there
has been no sign them.

On top of emphasising the unconditional payment of the unpaid wages of Shadanpoor
workers, the position of the Workers' Independent Union of Iran is that
the workers should be given a bank loan so that they can take over the company.
What is the opinion of the supporters of the Labour House about this?

Workers' Independent Union of Iran
20 Farvardin 1380 (9 April 2001)

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6- All workers must be covered by the Labour Code!

The workers in workshops with less than five workers are part of a large
workers' family. An attack on their rights is an attack on the rights of
all workers.

Excluding the workers in workshops with less than five workers [from Labour
Code cover] is a return to the era of slavery. Labour Code cover must be
restored for workers in workshops with less than five workers.


Workers' Independent Union of Iran
3 Ordibehesht 1380 (23 April 2001)

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* OUR NEW ADDRESS:
* Our new postal address for sending all publications/correspondence is:
* BM KARGAR, LONDON WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom.
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Editor: Morad Shirin
amal@kargar.org
<http://www.kargar.org/english.htm>
BM KARGAR, London WC1N 3XX, UK.

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