According to the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Labor Syndicate, the contracts of 150 workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Argo-Industry have not been renewed. However, Governor of Khuzestan Province denied the cancellation of these workers’ contracts. The new round of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Argo-Industry workers protests started on September 23, 2019, after 21 other workers of the company were laid off.
According to the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Labor Syndicate, the name of some of the workers who were laid off are as the following:
Fereidoun Hashemi Mahmoudi, Mohsen Heydari Rad, Jasem Bani Chaab, Tofigh Heydari Al-Kasir, Azim Kasir, Peyman Norouzi, Bashir Al-Kasir, Foad Al-Kasir, Mousa Al-Kasir, Mehdi Al-Kasir, Ahmad Al-Kasir Badavi, Mehdi Sahnavi, Samsam Al-Kasir, Hamid Chenani, Seyed Ghasem Parvaz, Ahmad Kord, Hadi Majdian Nasab, Abas Oghabi, Seyed Ayoub Tafahi, Yaghoub Saadi, Seyed Esmail Jaaveleh, Mansour Saadeh, Adnan Mansouri, Hossein Hamdani, and Yousef Khanehshir.
Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Argo Industry was founded in the 1960s in the city of Shush, in Khuzestan Province. It is the oldest sugar factory in Iran. Since 2015 due to the privatization deal based on article 44 of the constitution was transferred to the present owners. It has four thousand workers and employees and is located 15 kilometers south of the Shush city.
In addition, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), Manjil city workers reported that they have not been paid their wages for three months and have unpaid bonuses of 2018. They were complaining that not only they receive the minimum wage but they feel threatened by a lack of job security and unpaid wages .