HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, February 26

A group of teachers whose earnings are based on tuition fees held protests before Parliament in Tehran. The teachers are awaiting to be recruited by the Ministry of Education, which has not yet happened despite earlier announcements.

A group of workers of the Karun Agro-Industry assembled at their workplace to ask for official contracts, wage raises, and employment contracts with the company rather than with contractors.

The workers of the Tazareh Coal Mine assembled before mining company headquarters in Shahrud City. They demanded to be recruited by the company rather than by contractors. They also asked for job safety and the implementation of Job Classification Plan.

A group of people who have pre-purchased cars from the car company Sanat Khodro Azerbaijan, yet have not received their cars, protested against before the Economic Crimes Courthouse in Tehran where the trial against the company’s manager was held.

A group of personnel of the East Azerbaijan Telecommunication Company held protests before company headquarters in Tabriz to protest against compulsory retirement and delays in payments.

Sunday, February 27

A group of retirees and pensioners of the Social Security Organization held protests in various cities. In Tehran, the protests were held before Parliament. In other cities, they were held be for the organization’s building. They asked for payment of government debt to the Social Security Organization, raising pensions above the poverty line, free medical services and the elimination of discrimination.

A number of citizens who lost their money through fraudulent acts by the Fardad-Kar Amitis Company gathered before the Prosecutor’s Office of the Judiciary in Tehran. Since December 2018, this company held education courses about cryptocurrency for free in order to encourage people to invest. More than 18 thousand people who lost their investments have a complaint against the company.

A group of citizens who have not received their pre-purchased cars from the Negin Khodro and Irtoya vehicle companies after five years gathered before Tehran Public Prosecutor’s Office.

A group of workers of the Municipality of Kut Abdollah protested in front of the Governorate building in Ahvaz City. They asked for the payment of several months of delayed wages.

For the sixth consecutive day, a number of contracted teachers held protests before Parliament in Tehran. They are awaiting official recruitment by the Ministry of Education, which has not yet taken place.

A group of retired and working personnel of Telecommunication Company from various cities gathered and held protests before the company building in Tehran.

In Gorgan, Ahvaz and Ilam cities, a number of retired healthcare staff gathered before the building of Civil Servants Pension Organization. They asked to raise pensions and close disparities in pensions.

A group of the retirees of Fulad Pension Fund gathered before the fund’s office in Tehran, Ahvaz and Isfahan to ask for wage demands.

Monday, February 28

A group of retired and working personnel of military forces together with their families gathered before the governorate building in Mashhad and Shahrekord cities and before Parliament in Tehran. The protest was held to demand their poor living conditions are addressed.

For the seventh consecutive day, the contracted teacher came from various cities and gathered before the Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization in Tehran. These teachers asked the Ministry of Education to recruit them as it had planned and announced before.

A group of seasonal workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh went on strike in protest of the organization’s failure to address their issues. In violation of labour law, the company refuses to sign an employment contract with them.

Like in recent days, workers of the Municipality of Kut Abdollah protested in front of the Governorate building in Ahvaz City to ask for the payment of several months of delayed wages. One of the protestors said: “It has been about ten days since we went on strike. The authorities do not respond to us so we went to Ahvaz to protest. We ask the governor to address our issues”.

Tuesday, March 1

A number of the workers of the Pars Paper Haft-Tappeh Company went on strike and gathered at factory premises. They asked to be recruited directly by the company rather than contractors.

A number of families of the victims of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 gathered before Ukraine Embassy to show their sympathy and support towards the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression. Reportedly, this gathering turned violent with the interference of security agents.

Wednesday, March 2

A number of the victims of the Cryptocurrency network “Kink Money” run by the Baadraan Gostaran Company gathered before the Public and Revolutionary Court in Tehran as well as before Criminal Courthouse No. 1 of Tehran Province. They asked to revoke the company license and take legal action against the financial offenders.

Residents of a village located in Ramhormoz County gathered before the city’s Justice Building. The protestor said that recently, unknown arsonists set fire to their houses, vehicles and well pumps. Police and authorities have done nothing to detect criminals and restore safety to the village.

Once again, workers of the Pars Paper Haft-Tappeh Company went on strike and gathered on factory premises. They asked for job safety, recruitment by the company rather than contractors and the implementation of the Job Classification Plan.

About fifty butchers in Borujerd City gathered before the county’s Veterinary Network building county to protest against delays in meat delivery from the slaughterhouses. A new rule in the Veterinary Network that requires meat to be kept in cold storage for 24 hours before delivery has caused the delays.

Contracted staff of the Electricity Distribution Company of Lorestan Province held protests before the governorate building to ask for direct recruitment by the company rather than contractors.

Thursday, March 4

A number of the workers of the Pars Paper Haft-Tappeh Company went on strike and gathered on factory premises. Their demands include having a job contract with the company rather than contractors and the implementation of the Job Classification Plan.

A group of medical staff of private health center in Tabriz city gathered before the governorate building in this city. Reportedly, they protested against eight months delays in payment.

About 25 guards working for the Sangrud Coal Mine Company gathered at mine premises to protest unpaid wages and insurance contributions.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, February 19

In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teacher’s Trade Association, retired and working teachers and educators in dozens of cities across the country held protests before the Ministry of Education (and Parliament in Tehran). During these protests, at least 7 people were arrested. The teacher’s demands include the implementation of an already-enacted plan whereby teacher’s incomes will be increased depending on rank to up to 80% of the salaries of faculty members, official employment of teachers with temporary job contracts, fulfilling severance pay for the year, improving living conditions of contracted teachers, enforcing Article 30 of Iran’s Constitution, free education, improving the quality of education, paying student’s insurance and creating a limit of 16 students per class.

Along with teachers, a number of injured veterans of the Iran-Iraq War assembled before Parliament in Tehran to protest against poor living conditions.

A group of personnel of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare assembled before their office in Tehran to protest against a cut in some part of their benefits. More than one million tomans from their income has been reduced.

A group of the bus drivers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company gathered before the entrance of the bus terminal to protest against low wages and poor conditions of the vehicles. They rolled out an empty tablecloth on the sidewalk as a sign of their hard conditions and poor livelihoods.

A group of applicants who passed the Recruitment Exam of the Ministry of Education and are still waiting for recruitment held protests before the Ministry of Education in Tehran.

A number of retired workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh held protests on company premises to ask for their demands.

Sunday, February 20

A number of the injured veterans of the Iran-Iraq War held protests before the Court of Administrative Justice in Tehran. They asked that their poor living conditions be addressed.

About 70 service workers working on Line 4 of the Tehran Metro assembled before the Tehran Metro Company building to protest against delays in payment. Reportedly, more than two months of their wages have not been paid.

Retirees and pensioners of the Social Security Organization assembled before the organization’s office of this organization in Bojnurd, Rasht and Arak cities and before the governorate building in Tabriz. Their demands include levelling up wages, addressing issues regarding supplementary insurance and improving their living conditions.

For the second consecutive day, workers of the Coal Mine Company Alborze-Sharghi Damghan assembled on mine premises. They asked to change their contracts with the company, chanting “the contractor [says] shame on you! Leave the complex!”

A group of retirees and pensioners of Fulad’s pension fund assembled before the fund’s office to ask for their demands.

A group of workers working as Parks and Gardens Maintenance for the municipality of Karaj gathered before the city council to ask for their demands.

A number of teachers who were dispatched to work abroad gathered before the Planning and Budget Organization in Tehran to ask for their delayed payments. According to one of these teachers, 1 to 25 thousand euros of their wages from 2005 to 2016 have not yet been paid.

A number of teachers in Kish City assembled before the Kish Free Zone Organization to ask for their demands, including the implementation of the Educator Ranking Plan.

Monday, February 21

A group of workers working in Green Maintenance Services for the Municipality of Kut Abdollah protested in front of the Governorate building in Ahvaz City. They asked for the payment of three months of delayed wages.

A group of locomotive drivers in Razavi Khorasan Province gathered with their families before the train station of Mashhad City to protest a lack of safety at work and technical supervising, and using out of date locomotives and other devices which increase workload and pressure on the workers.

A number of nurses and healthcare staff held protests before the Ministry of Health in Tehran.

The workers of the Coal Mine Company Alborze-Sharghi Damghan gathered before company offices in Shahroud City. They had held protests in recent days on coal mine premises. Workers said that so far none of the authorities have responded to their demands.

Dozens of personnel of the Gilan Telecommunication Company assembled before company headquarters in Rasht City. They protested against the conditions of their contracts, flaws in the implementation of the Job Classification Plan and supplementary insurance issues.

A group of municipal workers in Zone 3 of Khorramabad City assembled before the Lorestan governorate building. They asked for six months of delayed payments, benefits and employer insurance contribution.

Tuesday, February 22

In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, retired and working teachers and educators held protests in more than 76 cities across the country. These protests were held before Parliament in Tehran and the Ministry of Education in other cities. During these protests, several educators and teacher’s union activists were arrested.

Personnel of the Agricultural Insurance Fund held protests before the office of the fund in Tehran. One of the protestors said: “We are the personnel of an insurance company, but we ourselves are not insured. We are working under these poor living conditions for long years. The wages are unfairly low and managers determine the income arbitrarily.”

For the second consecutive day, a group of personnel of the Gilan Telecommunication Company assembled before the company headquarters in Rasht City to protest against the conditions of their contracts, flaws in the implementation of the Job Classification Plan and supplementary insurance issues.

In protest against a failure to respond to their demands, a group of locomotive drivers in Razavi Khorasan Province gathered before the train station of Mashhad City.

A number of firefighters protested before the municipality of Tehran. They said that despite having a hard job, they don’t earn enough to afford their livelihood.

A group of workers of the municipality of Yasuj City held protests before the governorate building of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. One of the protestors said: “It is about five months that the municipality has not paid our wages. Also, we have not yet received the end of year bonuses and other benefits from last year. We filed a complaint to the Office of the Ministry of Labour and the municipality has been condemned to pay 15 million in compensation. Nonetheless, they refuse to pay it.”

A group of teachers who passed the Ministry of Education Recruitment Exam, yet have not been recruited by the Ministry, held protests before the Ministry building.

A group of personnel of Eat Azerbaijan Telecommunication Company went on strike and assembled before the company headquarters. They protested against delays in wages and bonuses.

Wednesday, February 24

A number of contracted teachers held protests before the Ministry of Education in Tehran by rolling out an empty tablecloth as a sign of their poor living conditions. These teachers said that in 2009, a plan was enacted by Parliament that allows the Ministry of Education to directly recruit contracted teachers who had passed some courses. However, due to a high number of contracted teachers, the Ministry was not able to recruit all 100,000 teachers. Therefore, teachers were divided into three groups to be recruited in three phases. These teachers claim that such prioritization was not based on merit. Those who were recommended and endorsed by acquaintances in the Ministry were being recruited, while the teachers in the third phase never got their contracts.

A group of workers who are working for state-owned enterprises gathered before Parliament in Tehran to protest against low wages and benefits. According to these protestors, a 10 percent increase in basic income, rather than the whole income, cannot catch up with ever-increasing living costs.

Workers of the Municipality of Rasht City assembled before the governorate building. They asked to increase wages and year-end bonuses.

A number of stakeholders of the Homa Pension Fund gathered before Parliament in Tehran to protest against an enacted bill whereby the fund is assigned to the Civil Servants Pension Organization.

A group of citizens who lost their money in a cryptocurrency network known as “King Money”, run by the Baadraan Gostaran Company, gathered before the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade in Mashhad and Tehran cities. They asked for the prosecution of this company for fraudulent acts.

For the second consecutive day, personnel of the East Azerbaijan Telecommunication Company held protests on company premises in Tabriz City. They protested against compulsory retirement and delays in payments.

A group of teachers who passed the Ministry of Education recruitment exam protested before the Ministry of Education. Despite promises, the Ministry has refused to recruit them.

Thursday, February 24

A group of contracted teachers gathered before Parliament. About 88,000 teachers work with temporary contracts. According to the law, they should have been recruited by mid-February.

A group of shareholders of the stock market held protests before Parliament to protest against the incompetence of parliament members and the government in economic management.

Workers of the Abadan Petrochemical Company went on strike in protest against unpaid wages.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, February 12

A group of teachers whose earnings are based on tuition fees went on strike and protested before the building of the Ministry of Education in Tehran. They chanted that they have enough of empty promises and will not go to class until their demands are met. The protestors said that their monthly wage is only 2 million tomans (approx. 80 dollars).

A number of retired workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh assembled before the company headquarter to ask for their unpaid severances.

Retirees of the national company Isfahan Oil Industry assembled before the company pension office. They had made a list of their demands and handed it over to the Oil Minister’s office.

A group of workers of the cement factory, Sepahan, gathered and marched at their workplace to protest against low wages and poor living conditions.

A group of supervising agricultural engineers held protests before the governorate building of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. Reportedly, a similar protest was held by agricultural engineers in Kerman Province. They protested against unfair employment contracts and a lack of job security.

All over the country, about five thousand supervising engineers are working for private companies and with temporary contracts hoping to be employed by the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad.

Several members of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association gathered in a park in Tehran to protest the conviction and the arrest of teacher union activists.

Monday, February 14

The pensioner and retirees of the Social Security Organization gathered before the Parliament building in Tehran and the Social Security building in Rasht, Arak, Shushtar, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Ahvaz, Sanandaj and Mashhad cities. They asked to raise pensions above the poverty line, to implement an enacted plan to close wage disparities, to address issues regarding supplementary insurance, last year’s bonuses and other demands.

A number of citizens who pre-purchased a vehicle from the Rigan Khodro Company, but who have not received their cars, held protests before the company offices in Tehran Province.

In Tabriz City, a number of street vendors held protests against the removal of their stuff by the municipality.

A group of pensioners of the Fulad Company pension fund held protests before the fund’s office in Isfahan City. Pensioners of the Fulad Company gather and protest every Sunday in various cities until their demands are met.

For the second consecutive day, a group of workers of the cement factory Sepahan protested at their workplace against low wages and demaned that their fired coworkers be returned to work.

A number of academics of the University of Medical Sciences of Yasuj protested on campus against the Planning and Budget Organization’s plan whereby an income ceiling for faculty members is set and the taxes will be raised without consideration for working conditions in remote areas.

The workers of the Iran National Steel Industrial Group assembled before the governorate building of Khuzestan Province to ask for their wage demands.

Monday, February 14

For the second consecutive day, workers of the Iran National Steel Industrial Group held protests before the governorate building of Khuzestan Province in Ahvaz City.

One of the workers said: “We have had these issues since 2016. For about two years, we have been on the streets to raise our voices to authorities. After two years, we returned to work, but since then just a few demands have been fulfilled. None of the managers who have taken over could deliver a satisfactory  performance.”

A number of workers of the Ahvaz Pipe Rolling Company held protests before the governorate building of Khuzestan Province. They protested against unjustifiable layoffs. Last month more than 50 workers who have been working for 4 to 15 years were laid off without justifiable reason. Some of them returned to work, however, about 35 workers are still out of work.

A number of ranchers in Ardestan County, located in Isfahan Province, assembled to protest against shortages in forage and livestock production inputs and ever-increasing prices.

A group of member of housing cooperation of Tehran Municipality Zone 2 assembled before the Tehran City Council Building to protest against a failure to address their issues.

A group of ranchers and nomads from Yazd Province gathered and protested before a slaughterhouse in Yazd City. Also, some ranchers and nomads in Yazd, Isfahan and Razavi Khorasan provinces announced that they have gone on strike and will refuse to deliver their livestock to the slaughterhouses.

A number of the workers of the Tire Company Kian Tire assembled before the factory in Tehran City to ask for their wage demands.

Tuesday, February 15

A group of citizens who lost their money in a cryptocurrency network known as “King Money” due to fraudulent financial acts gathered before the building of the Football Federation of Iran. They protested against the vice-chairman of the women’s football federation, Shohreh Mousavi, who is also the founder and manager of this cryptocurrency network. They hold Mousavi responsible for these fraudulent acts.

A number of stock market shareholders gathered before the Planning and Budget Organization in Tehran to protest high-interest rates and high tax levied on stock market companies.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Friday, January 28

Several citizens from the northern part of Sistan and Baluchestan Province assembled in the cross-border terminal, Milak, to protest against a failure to receive their water allotment from the Helmand (Hirmand in Farsi) River. On the same day, other citizens assembled before Afghanistan’s Consulate in Hirmand County. They asked the government to negotiate with Afghanistan’s government to receive this water allotment from the Helmand River. The construction of Kamal-khan Dam on the river in Afghanistan has hindered Iranian farmers from receiving their irrigation water portion.

Saturday, January 29

Teachers and educators from dozens of cities went on a national strike. They asked for the implementation of the “Job Ranking Plan” as passed in Parliament, the implementation of Article 64 of Civil Service Management Law and other demands.

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A group of nurses in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province held protests in front of Shahid Rajaei Clinic in Yasuj City. They protested against 90 day temporary contracts and poor job conditions.

A number of workers in Zone 6 of the municipality of Ahvaz went on strike and assembled for the fifth consecutive day. They asked for the implementation of the “Jobs Classification Plan”, and for the municipality to pay employees’ insurance contributions, among other demands.

About 200 workers working in Salon 1 of the Industrial Molds Company SAIPA went on strike in protest against a delay in wages, low wages and discrimination in recruitment and promotions. Reportedly, management has recruited about 100 people from their relatives and friends while many experienced workers are still working with temporary contracts with contractor companies.

Sunday, January 30

Continuing recent nationwide protests, teachers from numerous cities across the country went on strike. These protestors held placards asking to free the jailed teachers.

A number of retirees of the Social Security Organization in Qazvin, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Khorramabad, Ahvaz, Rasht and Tabriz cities held protests before the organization’s offices in each city. They demanded that pensions are raised above the poverty line, and that the organization implement a plan to close wage gaps and disparities, address issues regarding supplementary insurance, end-of-year bonuses and bring records of working in hazardous jobs into the calculation of benefits and pension.

A group of pensioners of Fulad Company’s pension fund assembled before the office of the fund in Isfahan. As they announced, pensioners will protest each Sunday until their demands are addressed.

About 50 people who pre-purchased a vehicle from the Shahr-Khodro company and their representative, Rigan Khodro, assembled before the building of Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade in protest against not receiving their car after three years.

A group of job seekers in Khorramshahr City held protests before the Grand Mosque of the city. They asked for more recruitment from native labour forces in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical project Arvandan. They said that despite having one of the largest oil fields in this region, 70 per cent of youth are unemployed.

In Urmia and Kermanshah cities, bus drivers went on hunger strike. About 300 bus drivers who are contracted by private sectors are on strike due the municipality’s failure to extend their contracts.

For the fourth consecutive day, the workers of Tehran-Jonoob Company (Khalije Fars Holding) went on strike in protest against a four-month delay in payments.

Monday, January 31

In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, once again, the retired and working teachers and educators held protests in dozens of cities. One of their demands is the implementation of a plan whereby teachers’ income, depending on a ranking, will be raised to up to 80% of faculty members’ salaries.

A number of municipality workers in Shush City assembled before the municipality as well as governorate building to ask for wage demands and payout from a four month delay in payment.

In Kerman City, workers of Butia Iranian Steel Company (BISCO) went on strike and assembled at their workplace to protest against low wages. Despite promises, the company refuses to raise their wages.

The workers of the Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company continued their strike in protest against low wages. They have been on strike since last Saturday.

Tuesday, February 1

A number of medical students in residency from the Zanjan University of Medical Sciences assembled at the campus to ask for their wages. According to the Secretary of the Assistant Trade Union Council, Samira Jalali-Nejad, some single and married media students in residency have not received their incomes, which are respectively six and eight million tomans. Moreover, they have not raised the wages by 20 percent despite promises to do so.

The workers of the Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company continued their strike. They have been on strike since last Saturday. One of the workers stated: “during the last protests in November of last year, the employer promised to raise wages and to meet other demands. Until now, however, most of these promises have not been fulfilled. So, we had to go on strike again.”

Wednesday, February 2

A group of athletes assembled before the Isfahan Sports and Youth Office to protest against shortcomings and failure to address their issues. They held an empty coffin on their shoulders as a symbol of “dead sport” in this province. They asked for the discharge of the Director of the Sports and Youth department.

In Tehran and Mashhad cities, citizens who lost their money in the cryptocurrency network “King Money” due to fraudulent financial acts, protested before the building of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade. They asked for law enforcement against the frauds.

A group of the workers in the urban rail transit system of Ahvaz City protested for wage demands. One of the workers said that “113 workers who are in charge of guarding trains have not received 15 months of payments from the contractor company Kayson.”

A group of workers working in Majidiey Port in Mahshahr City protested at their workplace against delayed payments and lack of job security. According to these workers, the contractor refuses to pay wages and has not given them any job contract.

A number of workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Haft-Tappeh assembled at their company premises to ask for their wage demands.

A group of the personnel of Mehrgan Hospital in Mashhad City assembled before the hospital entrance to protest against the suspension of work.

Thursday, February 3

A group of workers of the Edible oil factory FRICO assembled before the governorate building in Sirjan City. After a few months of factory shut down, workers have not yet received their delayed payments. The factory, which employs about 300 workers, has been shut down due to issues regarding the supply and storage of raw materials.

A number of stock market shareholders who lost their investments due to fraudulent activities in Iran’s stock market held protests before the Planning and Budget Organization.

A number of physicians working in deprived areas as part of their conscription went on a strike to protest low wages. They began their protests a few months ago and some of them have been on strike and refusing non-urgent patients.

 

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Friday, January 21

In Ahvaz City, dozens of citizens assembled at the premises of the Debel al-Khuzai Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company to ask that they recruit native workers. According to the protesters, the company prioritizes non-native people in recruitment.

“We assigned our lands to them, but this company and other manufacturing and industrial companies prioritize non-native people in recruitment. Many of young people in this area are unemployed,” stated one of the protestors.

The workers of the Mianab Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company in Shush City went on strike and assembled at their workplace. They protested against low wages and the company’s failure to pay their insurance contribution.

A number of the residents of the village Margh Malek, located in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, held protests against the seizure of their lands by the Oghaf Organization. They announced that if their demands are not addressed, they will hold protests next week before the Shahrekord Justice building.

Saturday, January 22

A group of prison guards and personnel assembled before the Parliament in Tehran to protest failure to address their issues. HRANA has reported that dozens of personnel at Arak Prison went on strike against a three month delay in payments. They refused to perform daily prison duties.

A group of workers of the Yasuj Municipality assembled before the governorate building to ask for wage demands. The private contractor for which they work has delayed six months of payments as well as end of year bonuses. According to the workers, the contractor has to afford at least two to three months payments per the terms of the contract.

Sunday, January 23

Personnel in charge of managing Edalat stock from cities across the country protested before the Iranian Privatization Organization offices to ask for two years unpaid wages. After three days of protests, members of the Supreme Council of the Stock Exchange held a session to address their demands and decided that until next week, 75 per cent of these delayed payments will be remitted.

A number of the retirees and pensioners of Fulad Company’s pension fund assembled before the offices of this pension fund in Tehran, Ahvaz and Isfahan. As they had announced, they will protest each Sunday until their demands are addressed.

 

A group of medical staff who are working on temporary three month contracts assembled before Parliament to ask to change their employment contract.

A number of municipal workers in Mehran City assembled before the governorate building in Ilam City to ask for wage demands. Reportedly, these workers are experiencing a five month delay in wages and nine months of unpaid employer’s insurance contribution.

For several consecutive days, workers at the Mianab Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company in Shush City went on strike and assembled at their workplace. They protested against low wages, employment contracts and mismanagement.

A group of retirees and pensioners under the support of the Social Security Organization assembled before the quarters of these organizations in Tabriz, Rasht and Mashhad cities. Their demands include raising pensions above the poverty line, implementing a plan to close pension gaps and addressing issues with supplementary insurance.

Monday, January 24

Dozens of retired teachers and educators assembled before the Civil Servants Pension Organization building in Tehran, Sanandaj, Ardabil, Rasht, Shiraz, Hamedan and Kermanshah cities. In Noorabad and Darab, they assembled in their cities. They asked to close pension disparities, among other demands.

A group of the retirees of the Iran Telecommunication Company from various cities assembled before the building of Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order in Tehran. On the same day, a group of personnel of the Commercial Deputy of the Iran Telecommunication Company assembled before the company office in Tehran.

Personnel of Isfahan Telecommunication company who have temporary contracts, assembled inside the governorate building to protest against the layoff and asked for returning to work. They said that due to following their demands such as wages and implementation of Job classification Plan, they have been fired and the management doesn’t let them entering inside the company premises.

Dozens of workers of petrochemical company Razi located in Bandar Imam Khomeini assembled at the complex’s security office.

For several consecutive days, a group of workers at the Mianab Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company went on strike and assembled at their workplace to protest against employment contracts, low wages and mismanagement. According to the workers, employees have been halved to 500 people, 400 of  which have temporary contracts, since 2017 when the company was assigned to the private sector.

A group of workers on the Shafarud Dam assembled at their workplace to protest against several months of unpaid wages and employer insurance contributions.

Tuesday, January 25

A number of construction workers assembled before Parliament in Tehran to protest against failure to receive Social Security insurance after ten years of demands, even after the policy was enacted last year in Parliament.

For several consecutive days, workers at the Mianab Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company in Shush City continued their protest at their workplace.

For the second consecutive day, a group of welding workers at the Ilam Petrochemical Company assembled on company premises to protest against conditions about working hours in their contracts. They asked to return to previous conditions in their contracts.

A number of citizens held protests before Parliament to ask to change family laws, particularly Mahr (money or possessions which the groom is obliged to pay to the bride.). During divorce, many men who cannot afford to pay Mahr are condemned or imprisoned.

A group of workers of the petrochemical company Razi Mahshahr went on strike and assembled at their workplace. They protested against a rejection of their five representatives by their employer. As revenge, the employer banned the representatives from coming to work.

A group of citizens who have pre-purchased imported trucks held protests before the office of the President to protest customs duty costs.

A group of workers of tire company Barez Kerman assembled on company premises to protest against delays in payments and low wages.

Workers at the Morwarid Petrochemical Company in Asaluyeh City went on strike and assembled at their workplace to demand delayed wages.

Wednesday, January 26

A group of lawyer interns held protests in Shiraz, Qazvin, Kerman, Tehran and Yazd before the building of the association of lawyers to ask for their demands.

A group of nomadic people in Izeh and Dezpart cities assembled before the governorate building to protest against not receiving barley quota and subsidized forage.

A group of the maternity healthcare assistants from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences went on strike and assembled before the faculty dean’s office to protest against heavy workload due to understaffing.

A number of medical students in residency at two hospitals in Tehran went on strike and assembled at their workplace to ask for unpaid wages.

A group of workers who work for contractors in the Tondgooyan refinery in Tehran assembled on company premises. They asked for the implementation of the Job Classification Plan and to address other issues.

Thursday, January 27

A group of workers of the Mianab Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company in Shush City assembled this time before the Imam of Friday Prayer’s office. They asked to have a contract with the company rather than private contractors.

Dozens of stock market shareholders who lost their investments due to fraudulent activities in Iran’s stock market held protests before the Planning and Budget Organization.

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HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Friday, January 14

A group of the citizens of Chabahar City located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province held protests at the place of a housing construction project in Osman Abad Ramin. Despite the promises of the Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution, which is in charge of the project, these citizens have not received their pre-purchased houses. According to the protestors, project management has never given a good reason for stopping the project.

Saturday, January 15

A group of workers of the Kut-e Abdollah Municipality assembled and protested before the governorate building in Ahvaz City. Since last Wednesday, they have been on a strike in protest against four months of unpaid wages and unpaid employer insurance contributions. Reportedly, instead of addressing their issues, the municipality has employed daily wage workers as an attempt to break the strike.

The victims of fraudulent acts by the Amitis Fardad Kar Company assembled before the courthouse of Zone 31 in Tehran City in protest against the shortcomings of prosecutors of the legal case. They also wrote an open letter to the head of the Disciplinary Tribunal of Judges.

Sunday, January 16

Dozens of pensioners of the Social Security Organization in Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Ahvaz, Rasht and Qazvin cities assembled before the buildings of the organization. In Tehran, they assembled before the Parliament. These protestors asked for raising wages to stand above the property line, closing wage disparities and implementation of Article 96 of social security law among other demands.

A number of the retirees using the Western Alborz Fulad Company’s pension fund held protests before the pension fund offices in Lushan City. Also, in Isfahan and Ahvaz, retirees assembled before Fulad Company’s pension offices.

 

The retirees of the Tehran Telecommunication Company assembled before the building of the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order in Tehran to ask for their pension demands.

Monday, January 17

A number of PhD students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences assembled before the headquarter of this university to ask for closing wage disparities among clinical as well as specialist assistants

Once again, the victims of fraudulent acts of the Amitis Fardad Kar Company held protests before the Courthouse of Zone 31 in Tehran City.

Tuesday, January 18

A group of workers of Khorramshahr Municipality assembled in front of the governorate building and the Islamic City Council office to demand their unpaid six-month wages.

A group of the personnel of the Department of Environment assembled before the parliament to protest against low wages.

The personnel of the Telecommunication Company in Gilan Province went on strike and assembled at their workplace to ask for the readjustment of job contracts, implementation of a “Job Classification Plan” and issues regarding health insurance.

Wednesday, January 19

Dozens of firefighters of Tehran’s fire department assembled before the municipal building to protest against their poor living conditions, lack of workplace safety, low wages and other issues. It is worthy to mention that this protest was held on the anniversary of the Plasco Building Collapse incident in which 16 firefighters lost their lives.

 

For the second consecutive day, the personnel of the Telecommunication Company in Gilan Province assembled in their workplace to ask for permanent job contracts and the implementation of the “Job Classification Plan” and not fully paying the employer’s contribution insurance. They said that after the protest yesterday, some of them has been threatening to be fired. They announced, however, that they would continue their protest until company management fulfills their promises.

A group of personnel of Tehran’s Water and Wastewater Company assembled before the building of this company in Tehran City. They asked for removing private companies and making their contracts permanent. In September of last year, a plan called “reorganizing the employment of government employees plan” was proposed which has not yet been enacted. Iran’s Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization claims that the government cannot financially afford to put the plan into action. Consequently, the government was given the task to provide an alternative bill within 45 days, which has not yet been fulfilled.

A number of engineers in Razavi Khorasan Province assembled before the building of the Ministry of Roads & Urban Development to protest against a failure to enact new annual engineering fees for engineering system services.

In Tehran, a group of citizens who lost digital currency in the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptoland assembled before the Tehran Public Prosecutor’s Office to ask for the return of their money.

A group of workers of Iran Ofogh Company went on a strike in Yadavaran Oil Field in Khorramshahr City to demand their delayed payments and the implementation of the “Job Classification Plan.”

Thursday, January 20

A group of stock market shareholders who lost their investment due to fraudulent activities in Iran’s stock market held protests before the Parliament in Tehran.

A group of the residents of Sanandaj City assembled before the municipal building to that the government address recent cutoffs of gas, water and electricity in some areas due to recent heavy snowfall. Additionally, many bakers have not received their flour quota, which hit the city with bread shortages.

A number of workers of the Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company Miandoab went on strike and assembled at their workplace in Shush City. They protested against low wages and unfair job contracts.

A group of farmers from an area in Firuzabad County located in Fars Province assembled before the governorate building to protest against a failure to compensate for the farmland and houses that have been submerged due to a dam project.

In Gilan Province, a number of citizens with disabilities who are supported by state welfare organizations protested against the state’s failure to complete a housing project after 14 years.

A group of bus drivers in Urmia assembled before the municipal building. They pulled their buses from the city transport system in protest against a lack of payment regarding the ticket prices from the municipality.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, January 8

Families of the victims of a crashed Ukranian plane shot down by an IRGC missile assembled to commemorate the second anniversary of the crash. The families held protests at Imam Khomeini Airport as well as the site of the crash, near Shahedshar. They asked that justice be served and that the proprietors of the incident be taken to trial. In the early hours of January 8, 2020, Flight 752 was hit by a missile sent by regime military forces. After a few days of covering up the cause of this incident, the regime admitted that the plane was hit by a missile shot from an anti-missile defense base.

In at least 53 cities across the country, personnel of the Ministry of Justice assembled to protest against low wages and the failure to pass a bill that would allow them to receive extra payments. In addition, attorneys in various cities assembled and went on strike. Dozens of Arak Prison personnel went on strike and refused to perform daily prison duties in protest against three months of unpaid wages.

 

A number of manufacturers in an industrial zone in Jolfa City held protests to express disapproval with a new tax regulation whereby value-added tax has increased by nine percent.

A group of truck trailer drivers assembled in front of parking lot in Mamaqan City. For more than a week, these drivers have been on strike for wage demands. According to the protesters, the Iran-Khodro Company has contracted out their truck trailers to private companies. These contractors have imposed lower wages on these drivers.

Following a previous call, a number of bus drivers working for the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company held protests and went on strike by driving slowly and with their headlights turned on. Their demands include readjusting the Job Classification Plan, receiving a four percent employer contribution for health insurance without disruption and receiving housing benefits. Reportedly, company security and management hindered some drivers from taking their buses and joining the protest.

Sunday, January 9

For the second consecutive day, personnel of the Ministry of Justice assembled to protest against low wages and the failure to pass a bill that would allow them to receive extra payments.

A group of the victims of financial fraud by the financial institution Caspian held a protest in front of the Central Bank building in Tehran. After five years, Caspian has still not returned the victim’s investments, including profits and loss.

A number of the retirees using the Fulad Company’s pension fund assembled before the pension fund offices in the cities of Ahvaz and Isfahan to ask for their demands. They also objected  national television’s refusal to report on their protests and issues.

Dozens of injured veterans of the Iran-Iraq war held protests in front of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs in Tehran in protest against their poor living conditions. Police agents used force to scatter the protesters.

Monday, January 10

A group of medical school applicants assembled in front of Parliament in Tehran to ask for their demands regarding the entrance exam.

A number of transport workers involved with the Karun 3 Dam project held protests before the Khuzestan Water and Power building.

A group of contractors contracted with Mashhad Municipality assembled before the municipal building to protest against a year of unpaid wages.

A number of residents of Mojen City in Semnan Province assembled before the Ministry of Justice in Semnan City. They protested against the ways  land assignment in an area (known as Tangeh Esmal) in their jurisdiction.

Dozens of workers at petrochemical complex Marun went on strike and assembled on company premises to protest against low wages and poor living conditions.

A group of retired personnel of the police department in Ilam City assembled before the Social Security Organization. They asked to implement a plan to close wage disparities.

In Urmia City, city bus drivers went on strike to protest against a failure to extend their contracts. Reportedly, in December of 2020, drivers under contract with private companies assembled to protest the companies’ failure to address their issues. At the time, the Chairman of Urmia City Council promised that unpaid wages would be paid in several parts. After two installments, however, they stopped payments and drivers once again went on strike.

A group of workers of the Qeshm Oil Terminal project held protests at their workplace to demand fulfillment of three months of unpaid wages and to protest against low wages.

A group of citizens who have not received their pre-purchased cars from the Saipa Diesel manufacturing company after years held protests in front of company headquarters.

Tuesday, January 11

A number of female social workers working at a women’s shelter in Shush City assembled before the municipality building. Recently, this institution has received an eviction order from the courthouse. The municipality has cut off water to this centre.

A group of personnel of the Water and Water Waste Company in Aghajari City assembled before the company’s office to demand their eight months of unpaid wages.

Wednesday, January 12

Dozens of workers working on the Shafa-Rud Dam project in Gilan Province assembled in front of the governorate building. They asked that 7 months of delayed payments and 4 months of unpaid employers’ contribution for insurance be paid.

Thursday, January 13

In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, retired and working teachers and educators in more than 74 cities across the country held protests before the building of the Ministry of Education (and before the parliament in Tehran). They demanded the implementation of a plan whereby teachers’ income, depending on a ranking, will be raised up to 80% of faculty members’ salaries.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Friday, December 31

About 250 workers of the tile manufacturing company Kashi Tabriz went on strike and assembled at the workplace to ask for a wage raise.

Residents of the village Omar, located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, assembled to ask the governor to employ more native workers in the nearby copper mine. The governor was visiting the mine at the time.

A number of citizens in Galikesh County, located in Golestan Province, assembled and marched to show their support from Sunni Imam Mohammad Hossein Gorgij and to protest against his removal as Imam. Reportedly, many security and law enforcement agents surveilled the protest.

Saturday, January 1

A number of retirees of the Shiraz Telecommunication Company assembled before the Worker House office (a semi-governmental national trade union center) to ask for their pension demands. According to these protesters, the government has made the payments conditional to the reopening of the company, which does not seem likely to take place.

Residents of the village Zardin in Yazd Province assembled before the governorate building to protest against a water transfer project, which by digging ten wells, threatens the village with drought.

A group of contracted teachers in Mashhad assembled before the building of the Ministry of Education to ask for their demands.

Sunday, January 2

A group of retired workers of the mining company Sangrud assembled before Parliament in Tehran to protest against unpaid pensions. They said that although the Article 90 Commission of the Parliament has obliged the Social Security Organization to compensate the retirees, they have not received anything.

About 70 workers working on the Shafa-Rud Dam project in Gilan Province held protests on the work premises. They asked that 7 months of delayed payments and 4 months of unpaid employers’ contribution for insurance be paid. 800 workers have lost their jobs as a result of halting construction on the dam.

A number of pensioners of the Social Security Organization in Rasht City assembled in front of the governorate building to demand the freedom of  detained worker activist Ismail Gerami.

For several consecutive days, workers of the petrochemical company Regal assembled on company premises to ask for implementation of the “Job Classification Plan.”

Retirees and pensioners of Fulad Steel Company assembled before the company’s pension fund departments in Isfahan, Ahvaz and Tehran cities. They demanded that the company take steps towards raising wages to above the poverty line, closing the disparity in wages, and addressing supplementary insurance issues.

A group of mining workers in Ahar City assembled at their workplace to ask for their demands.

The workers of the Zinc Production Factory of Bandar Abbas assembled before the Hormozgan governorate building to protest against the shortening of their contracts.

In Yazd and Isfahan cities, a number of contracted teachers along with some students and their parents, assembled before the governorate building of Yazd as well as the office of one of the parliament members in Isfahan. They protested against a new regulation whereby their salary will be halved compared to last year and their insurance to reduced to 21 days in a month.

Personnel of the Post Office assembled in front of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology to protest against low wages.

The workers of Rangin Nakh Company held protests before Semnan’s governorate building to demand unpaid wages that have accumulated since 2014. “We are about 50 workers who have been asking for our demands, about which, unfortunately, nobody has done anything after eight years,” one of the protestors commented.

Monday, January 3

A group of students protested before the entrance of the University of Tehran to protest against the surging price of textbooks and other educational self-help books mandated for the National Entrance Exam.

Tuesday, January 4

More than 100 shareholders of a shopping mall construction project known as the Commercial and Cultural Complex Adineh assembled first before the Justice Building in Gilan Province and then the building of the company. They protested against an eight year delay in completing the project. After 12 years, this complex is still half-completed.

Residents of the villages Nasr-Abad and Ali-Abad assembled and marched before a cattle breeding center to protest against pollution caused by the center. The protesters claimed that animal wastes from the cattle breeding center have polluted water wells in these villages.

A group of citizens who have pre-purchased cars from Rigan-Khodro held protests before the office of the President. According to these protesters, they have not received their cars after three years.

A group of injured veterans of the Iran-Iraq war assembled in front of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs to protest against and unfinished housing project known as Safir. The project is unfinished after 10 years.

Wednesday, January 5

A number of students of medical sciences and pharmacy protested before the Ministry of Health building in Tehran against unhealthy conditions in student dormitories where COVID-related protocols are not in compliance. They also protested against holding in-person exams, which increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.

A group of applicants for the housing project “Meli Maskan” held protests before the building of Ministry of Roads & Urban Development. According to these protesters, they have been asked to pay 50 million tomans (11900 USD) as the second payment installment, despite the construction project remaining in its initial phase a year and a half after the launch date. According to the road map of plan, they should have completed the foundation.

A number of famers from Falavarjan County, located in Isfahan Province, assembled before the office building of Ministry of Agriculture Jihad to ask for their demands. According to these farmers, no one from the ministry has responded to them after several days.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, December 25

Dozens of architects assembled before the building of the Ministry of Roads & Urban Development in Tehran. They asked the Ministry to address problems regarding the Construction Engineering Organization’s exam, which is held to grant engineering licenses. This ministry, which supervises the national exam, has not responded to the issues.

Residents of the village Shamsabad Noogh, located in Kerman Province, protested against the digging of a water well and a water transfer project. As video footage shows, this protest turned violent.

About 20 workers of the Saturation Railway Sleepers Company Shirgah assembled and protested for demands related to wages at the factory premise. Reportedly, the workers have not received wages for three months and their employer’s insurance contribution for 16 months.

Sunday, December 26

A number of retirees and pensioners of the Fulad Company Pension Fund assembled in Ahvaz, Isfahan and Damghan cities to ask for demands regarding pensions and benefits.

Monday, December 27

In Ardabil, a number of workers of the fabric company Sabalan assembled at their workplace to protest against layoffs and delays in payments. They had held protests the previous two days.

A number of retirees of Social Security Organization of Kermanshah Province assembled and protested against low wages.

 

Tuesday, December 28

Working and retired teachers and educators of more 19 cities across the country assembled before the building of the Ministry of Education (and Parliament in Tehran and Alborz Provinces). They demanded the implementation of a plan whereby teachers’ income, depending on a ranking, will be raised up to 80% of faculty members’ salaries.

About 70 workers working on the Shafa-Rud Dam project in Rezvanshahr held protests on the work premises. They asked that 7 months of delayed payments and 4 months of unpaid employers’ contribution for insurance be paid.

Several workers of Telecommunication companies in rural areas assembled before the parliament to protest unfair wage disparity between personnel in urban and rural areas.

Wednesday, December 29

For the third consecutive day, the workers of the petrochemical company Regal assembled at their workplace to ask for the implementation of the Job Classification Plan. The workers also demanded their currently unpaid Adverse Weather Benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A group of retirees of the Social Security Organization assembled before Parliament in Tehran to asked for their demands.

A number of teachers a preschools in Delfan City, located in Lorestan Province, assembled before the Ministry of Education building to ask for their demands.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Friday, December 10

Following Iran’s president, Ibrahim Raisi’s, visit to Lorestan Province, a group of villagers from the area near Khorramabad gathered at the entrance of the airport, where the president was going to be received. The villagers protested against water supply management, chanting, “we don’t have drinking water”.

Similarly, a number of railway workers assembled and demanded that issues regarding supplementary insurance, official contracts and access to safety equipment be addressed.

Saturday, December 11

In response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, the educators and teachers of 100 cities across the country went on a strike and held protest to demand the implementation of a plan already enacted by Parliament whereby teachers’ income will be raised in accordance with a ranking.

A number of workers of the Ahvaz Water and Wastewater Company assembled before the company building to ask for their delayed payments. A number of the workers of the Ahvaz Water and Wastewater Company assembled before the company building to protest against the recent company merger with its counterparts in rural areas. According to these protesters, the company can hardly afford to pay salaries due to the cost of the 500 additional personnel that accompanied the merger. Workers said the merger has brought the company to the verge of destruction.

A group of the workers at the mining company Toos, located in Khaf County, assembled at their workplace to protest against delays in payments and insurance issues. This protest ended with the promise by some company managers and other local authorities to address these issues.

A group of the workers of the car company Azim Khodro assembled to ask their wage demands be met and to protest against factory closure. These workers blocked the road connecting Oshtorinan City to Lorestan. Reportedly, due to some legal issues, the company is banned from operating and consequently, 180 workers have been laid off without pay.

 

Sunday, December 12

For the second consecutive day, educators and teachers in dozens of cities across the country assembled to ask for the implementation of an enacted plan to raise wages.

A group of the retirees of the Gilan’s Social Security Organization assembled before organization headquarters to ask that demands, such as raising wages above the poverty line, be filled.

Similarly, a group of the retirees of the Khuzestan’s Social Security Organization assembled in front of the organization building in Ahvaz City. They asked for the elimination of pension disparities and other demands.

Retirees of the Fulad Company Pension Fund assembled in front of the pension fund office in Isfahan City to ask for demands regarding pensions.

A group of the workers of steel company Fulad Yasuj assembled before the governorate building in Yasuj City to protest against a factory shut down due to power outages and the consequential layoff of 226 workers.

Monday, December 13

Thousands of retired and working teachers and educators, joined by other citizens, demonstrated in more than 100 cities across the country. These protests were held on December 13 at the call of the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations.

Their more important demand was the implementation of a plan whereupon the incomes of teachers will be increased depending on rank, to up to 80% of the salaries of faculty members.

Several workers of petrochemical company Regal assembled in front of the governorate building in Bandar Mahshahr City. They demanded implementation a Job Ranking Plan, as well as unpaid benefits and supplementary insurance.

Tuesday, December 14

In Shiraz City, retirees of the Iran Telecommunication Industry (ITI) assembled in protest against long unpaid benefits and wages accumulated over 15 years. Reportedly, the benefits and wages of about 1500 retired workers have never been fully paid during and after company closure in the last decade.

A group of workers under recruitment of the contracting companies affiliated with Iran Electric Power Distribution Companies travelled to Tehran and assembled in front of Parliament. On that day, the conditions of contractual workers were discussed in the parliament. The protesters asked for removing private contracting companies and to be employed directly by the Electric Power Distribution Companies.

Workers of petrochemical company Takhte-Jamshid, located in Bandar Imam Khomeini Petrochemical Special Economic Zone, assembled before the company entrance to protest against low wages. They said that after adopting the Job Classification Plan, wages have not been significantly raised. Even worse, in some cases, wages have been decreased.

Residents of the village Lavar-Sharghi in Dashti County, located in Bushehr Province, assembled on the road connecting the village to the center part of the county. They said that heavily loaded vehicles from a cement factory caused consdierable damage to the road.

Wednesday, December 16

A number of personnel of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in East Azerbaijan Province held a protest before ministry offices to protest against low wages and irregularity in payments.

A number of contracted teachers assembled before Tehran’s <inistry of education to ask for their demands. They chanted that they would not go to work until their issues were addressed.

In Tehran, a group of taxi drivers assembled before the Municipal Taxi Organization’s building. Sccording to a protestor, the company has refused to deliver cabs despite the drivers paying 60 million tomans (14,280 USD). In a violation of the purchase contract, the company has requested additional payment, claiming the price of a car has increased by 18%.

A number of farmers in Hirmand City in Sistan and Baluchestan Province assembled in front of governorate building to protest against cuts to fuel portions for water engines and tractors. 

Thursday December 16

Hundreds of educators and teachers in Hamedan Province held protests in front of the building the Ministry of Education. They asked for the implementation of the Ranking Plan, wage raises, and the freeing of detained teachers.