HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Monday, July 4, 2022, three protests and one labour strike took place in Iran.

In Dorud and Shushter, the pensioners of the Social Security Organization continued their protests against the insufficient annual pension increase. They chanted, ” They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here,” and “our wage in Rial, cost of living in Dollar.”

A group of minibus drivers in Bandar Abbas gathered in front of the governor-general building to protest against the recent decrease in fuel portions and crowded gas stations.

Last Sunday, the employees of the municipality of Zarneh, Ilam Province, went on strike to demand their unpaid wages and benefits.

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Saturday, July 2, 2022, fourteen protests took place in Iran. Read our review below for details, photos, and videos from these demonstrations:

Continuing their protests against the insufficient annual pension increase, the pensioners rallied in Shushtar, Shush, Zanjan, Isfahan, Sari, Dezful, Karaj, Ahvaz, Abadan, Khorramabad, Hamedan and Kerman. They chanted slogans against the government and called the president a liar for failing to keep his promises. In Arak, the protest turned violent by security forces.

A number of citizens, who have lost their money in the recent robbery of Iran Safe Deposit Boxes of Melli Bank, protested in front of the central building of the Judiciary in Tehran. They demanded the return of their stolen money.

On June 6, 2022, dozens of safe deposit boxes from Melli Bank were stolen by some burglars. One day after, a protest took place, which turned violent by security forces. According to some witnesses, the police and security agents used live ammunition against the protestors.

 

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, two protests took place in Iran.

A number of personnel of the Ministry of Petroleum from various cities gathered in Tehran in front of the building of this ministry to demand fair wages and improvements in pension funds.

In Ahvaz, the pensioners continued their protest in front of the Governor’s office. According to the protestors, the government is obliged to increase the pensions in compliance with the Supreme Labour Council’s enactment.

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, three protests and two worker strikes took place in Iran. Read our review below for details, photos, and videos from these demonstrations:

Iranian pensioners continued their protest in front of the Governor-General building in Ahvaz to demand increasing pensions. According to the protestors, the government is obliged to increase the pensions in compliance with the Supreme Labour Council’s enactment.

In Sarab, East Azerbaijan Province, a number of students of the Faculty of Medical Sciences gathered at campus to protest against the deputy dean’s incompetency.

A group of citizens who have lost money by the car dealership Ramak Khodro’s failure to deliver their purchased cars held a protest before Tehran Courthouse.

For the second consecutive day, the overhaul technicians of the Tehran Oil Refinery Company staged a strike in protest against increasing compulsory working overtime.

A number of medical interns of The University of Medical Sciences of Shahrekord went on strike in protest against not receiving internship wages and Covid bonuses.

 

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Monday, June 27, 2022, a protest gathering and two worker strikes took place in Iran. Read our review below for details, photos, and videos from these demonstrations:

Continuing their protests, the pensioners of the Social Security Organization gathered before the Governor-General building in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province.

The workers of the Iran Ofogh Industrial Development Company (and its two subsidiary companies) went on strike to protest against delays in payments. Reportedly, drivers and workers have not been paid for five and three months respectively.

The overhaul technicians of the Tehran Oil Refinery Company went on a strike in protest against increasing compulsory working overtime.

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HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Saturday, June 25, 2022, five protests and one worker strike took place in Iran. Read our review below for details, photos, and videos from these demonstrations:

A group of workers of the Tehran Darugar Company held a protest against a three-month delay in payments. According to these workers, the employer’s claim that the raw materials are in short supply is baseless and ingredients of shampoo and detergent are available on the market.

The workers and personnel of the Railway Services and Technical Construction Engineering Company Rezwan Dorud gathered and protested in a railway station in Zarand City, Yazd Province, to ask for levelling up wages.

A group of pensioners of the Social Security Organization gathered before the Governor’s office in Ahvaz to ask for their demands.

A number of workers of Azarpark Company gathered in front of this company office in Tabriz to protest against a three months delay in wages and the company’s decision not to raise the wages.

A number of residents of Zahedan gathered before the National Iranian Oil Company to protest against the revocation of their fuel ration cards.

The scaffold workers of the contractor company Salahshur working in the oil industry went on strike to ask for increasing wages and a shift work schedule with 20 days working followed by 10 days off.

 

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, a number of protests and scaffold workers’ strikes took place in different cities across Iran.

A group of workers of the Khorramshahr Municipality gathered in front of the governor’s office in this city to protest against a two-month delay in payments and other unpaid benefits. They said that the municipality has not paid its insurance contribution for 17 months.

The workers of Agro-Industry Complex Karoon rallied in Shushtar. They asked for the CEO’s removal. Despite the ministry of Justice’s order for deposing the CEO due to hoarding sugar, he has not yet been removed from the office.

Like the previous days, the pensioner of the Social Security Organization gathered before the governor’s office in Ahvaz.

In Pardis City, a number of citizens who have pre-purchased apartments in a housing construction project known as Mehr, gathered and protested in front of Omran Pardis New Town Company. After 11 years, they still have not received their apartments.

A number of scaffold workers of several petrochemical companies in Asaluyeh, Kangan, Bushehr and Damavand walked off the job and staged a strike. They demanded increasing wages and a shift work schedule with 20 days working followed by 10 days off.

 

Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, a number of protests and two workers’ strikes took place in different cities across Iran.

In Mashhad, a number of taxi drivers went on strike to demand increasing fares and protest against their poor living conditions.

The pensioners of social security organizations continued their protests in the cities of Ahvaz and Kermanshah. They chanted slogans for levelling up pensions in accordance with the Supreme Labor Council’s enactment.

A group of workers of Ilam Municipality gathered and protested against a four-month payment delay, including night-shift wage, and insurance. Following this gathering, the chairman of the Ilam City Council announced that their wages will be paid soon.

A number of building armature fixing workers working gathered in a park in Kermanshah to protest against low wages, the lack of insurance coverage and poor living conditions.

The workers of seven industrial zones across Iran went on strike for the fourth consecutive day.

Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Monday, June 20, 2022, a number of protests took place in different cities across Iran.

The laid-off workers of Ahan Ajin Mining Company, working in the Sungun copper mine, gathered and protested before this company office.

The Social Security Organization’s pensioners continued their protest for levelling up pensions in the cities of Kerman, Rasht and Zanjan.

A number of workers of the Lali Municipality in Khuzestan Province gathered and protested against delayed wags and insurance payments.

A group of truck owners protested in front of the Fuel Transportation Management department to ask for their demands.

In Urmia city, a number of garbage truck drivers staged a strike in protest against low wages.

In Mashhad, the drivers of the Negin Pakhsh Company went on strike to ask for their demands.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, numerous protests took place this week in Iran. Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations

Saturday, June 11

The pensioners of the Social Security Organization held protests in the cities of Ahvaz, Hamedan, Karaj, Ilam and Shush. They protested against the government’s decision to increase the pensions by only 10% rather than the 38%  as enacted by the Supreme Labor Council.

 

The workers of the Tehran Darougar Company and the chemical and consumer goods Company Tolypers based in Qazvin, which are both subsidiary companies of Darougar Holding Company, held protests separately at their workplaces. Reportedly, due to the companies’ shut down, these workers have been suspended from work and not been paid.

A group of educators of Tonekabon County in Mazandaran Province gathered in front of the Courthouse in Sari to ask for the prosecution of illegal land grabbers. About 150 educators have lost their money through fraudulent acts of Madani Farhang Company and several land grabbers.

A number of farmers in Shadegan city, Khuzestan Province, gathered before the governorate building to protest against cutting off or reducing the fuel portion for their tractors.

A number of applicants for the housing project “Melli Maskan” gathered before the governorate building in Ahvaz to ask for their demands.

A number of personnel and trainers of the Technical and Vocational Training Organization in Alborz province gathered before the office to protest against low wages and their poor living conditions.

Sunday, June 12

In support of Political prisoner Vahid Bagheri, his family and relatives gathered before the Parliament in Tehran. On May 10, 2022, Vahid Bagheri staged a hunger strike in protest against the prison official’s rejection of his request for release on probation despite the head of the judiciary’s approval.

In Naqadeh, Bandar Abbas, Zanjan, Shush, Sanandaj, Tabriz, Shushtar, Rasht, Hamedan, Karaj, Ardabil, Arak, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Sari, Borujerd and Ahvaz, the social security pensioners held protests to demand 38% increase in wages as the Supreme Labor Council has enacted.

 

Dozens of retired Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) drivers gathered in front of a bus terminal in Tehran to demand severance payment and a four per cent premium as allocated for hazardous jobs.

In Tehran, a number of shopkeepers and merchants walked off the job, shut down their shops and rallied against increasing taxes. Reportedly, the demonstration turned violent by the police. A similar protest by shopkeepers took place in Arak before Iranian National Tax Administration.

 

A group of residents of Tehran gathered before the Electricity Distribution Company to ask for their demands.

For the second consecutive day,  the workers of the Tehran Darougar company protested at the company’s premises. They asked for job security and returning to work.

Monday, June 13

A number of artists and other residents of Malekan City, East Azerbaijan Province, gathered before the governorate building to protest against the appointment of the new head of the county Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. They said that the appointment is not based on his merit but on his support from a parliament member during the election.

The protest of pensioners continued in Bandar Abbas, Ahvaz and Dorud. They asked for increasing wages, implementing a plan to close wage disparities, addressing supplementary insurance issues and end-year bonuses.

A number of preschool teachers gathered before the Ministry of Education in Ahvaz to ask for official job contracts and other demands.

A group of students of the Tarbiat Modares University gathered before the central building of this University to protest against the lack of proper amenities and facilities.

A group of the residents of two villages in Mazandaran Province protested against land grabbing by the General Directorate of Endowments and Charity Affairs.

A number of shopkeepers of the Kazerun City in Fars Province staged a strike and shut down the market in protest against the poor economic conditions.

 

Tuesday, June 14

Social Security pensioners continued their protests in the cities of Ahvaz, Shush, Kermanshah and Zanjan.

A Number of interns of Tehran University of Medical Sciences gathered at their workplace to protest against delays in payment and ask for levelling up wages.

One of the interns said, “You will not believe it if I tell you that at the age of 25, with such a high volume of work, they have just increased my wages from 1,3 million to 1,8 million tomans. Yet, the increase has not yet been paid. It is about 14 months that we have not received our delayed wages.”

A group of citizens with special diseases gathered in front of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education to protest against the shortage and high costs of medicine.

A number of shopkeepers went on strike and rallied in the cities of Shiraz, Arak, Borujerd and Minab. They protested against increasing taxes in hard economic conditions.

Wednesday, June 15

The pensioners of the Social Security Organization held protests in the cities of Shush, Shushtar, Dorud, Ahvaz and Kermanshah. Also, ILNA has reported similar protests in Gilan and Zanjan provinces.

In the cities of Ilam, Fasa and Arak, shopkeepers and merchants went on strike against worsening economic conditions and increasing taxes.

A group of retired bank employees gathered before the Bank Pension Fund in Tehran to protest against unpaid benefits and other issues.

A group of the personnel of Iranian international shipping companies gathered in front of the Road Maintenance & Transportation Organization in Tehran. They protested against layoffs following the privatization of these companies.

A group of truck owners held a protest in front of the Fuel Transportation Management department.

Thursday, June 16

In response to the call of The Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, active and retired teachers and educators held protests in front of the Ministry of Education in several dozens of cities across the country.

In Tehran, a high number of police and security forces prevented the protestors to gather before the parliament. Also, in Saqqez and Sanandaj, a heavy presence of plainclothes security agents was evident.

The protesting teachers demanded the immediate release of detained teachers, the implementation of the “Job Ranking Plan” as passed in Iran’s parliament, the closing disparity in pensions, free education for students, a maximum class size of 16, and the release of jailed teachers.

 

A number of Tolypers Manufacture company of Qazvin gathered and rallied in the street led to the governorate building in Qazvin.  These workers protested against unpaid wages during the factory closure.

The pensioners of the Social Security Organization continued their protests in Rasht, Ahvaz and Dorud.

The workers of the Parsa Company who are working on a petrochemical construction project went on strike to ask for unpaid wages.