An Employee of Pars Khodro Is Still under Detention

HRANA News Agency – Among the three fired protestor employees of Pars Khordo, Davood Rafiei is still under temporary arrest in Great prison of Tehran (Fashafooyeh), and could not put the bail. Two others were released on the bail until their trial session. Besides, due to low wages, employees of this manufacturer refused to eat factory’s food during past week.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the contracts of 40 employees of Pars Khodro were not extended due to so called attendance in gathering and protests.

These employees had been in this factory for between 8 to 16 years, and are now fired.

After a protest of a group of employees, three activists were arrested and transferred to a prison in Varamin road. Davood Rafiei, one of these arrestees is still under arrest, but two others were released on the bail until their trial session.

Meanwhile SAIPA factory is also laid a law suit against Davood Rafiei and also former reporter of ILNA, Mr. Fazelian, for reporting news related to SAIPA.

A close source to these workers told HRANA’s reporter, “A person with the name of Paksirat, one of the security managers of Pars Khodro, who is probably a former military officer, was behind firing Davood Rafiei.”

Employees in Pars Khodro (subdivision of SAIPA) told about the current protest to this news agency’s reporter, that due to low wages they have refused to eat factory’s meal during past week. These employees have worked on Maxima, Painting, L90, Pars, and GTX halls.

According to these sources, due to the requests by the management, some of the employees went to the lunch room but after receiving the meal, left it on the tables and left the room.

One of the workers said, reduction in benefits of workers has continued in the past three years, and due to down-sizing policies, monthly benefits have been reduced from 2 million IRR to 600-800 thousand IRR. One of the demands of employees was the categorization of jobs, which was ignored by management.

The fired employees used different legal methods for taking back their rights like gathering and protests in Pars Khodro and SAIPA, protests in front of governor’s office in Tehran, 24 hours protest in front of presidential office and ministry of employment, sending open letter to president, and laying law suits in the court.

Need to be mentioned, during these follow ups, which took at least two years, some of the employees received sentences in favor of them, and they could get back their jobs. But the management has used its power and either influenced managers in the ministry or manipulated the sentences and did not let those be applied. In few cases, even judges have converted the sentences in favor of the factory.

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