Iran: International Day of Trade Union Action, Wednesday 15
Further to our message on 1 February concerning continuing
repression against the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs
Bus Company ("Sherkat-e Vahed" company), an in particular, the
arrests of hundreds of participants in the strike of 28 January,
we are now writing to confirm that we are requesting all
affiliates and Global Union Federations to join in a International
Day of Trade Union Action on Iran on Wednesday 15 February 2006.
This call is issued on behalf of Global Unions (representing the
Global Union Federations, the ICFTU and the TUAC-OECD).
According to our latest information, up to 1300 workers may be
detained in Tehranís Evin Prison, which is overflowing with
detained union members and activists. Unconfirmed reports suggest
at least some of those detained have gone on hunger strike. The
Iranian government, Tehran City authorities and the Sherkat-e
Vahed management are actively trying to impose an information
blackout on the unionís actions. Relatives of our sources on the
spot have again been intimidated and threatened not to provide
information about these events.
Many trade union organisations in various part of the world have
already protested to the Iranian government about these events and
we would like to thank them for their action. Rallies with
important union participation have already been held in front of
Iranís embassies in Canada and the United Kingdom (photos are
available on request). It is however important to keep up this
mobilisation and make the 15 February Day of Action a resounding
success. We encourage union organisations in all countries hosting
an Iranian embassy to ask for an appointment with the Ambassador
and/or hold a protest rally outside the embassyís premises. (A new
list of Iranís embassies around the world is attached to this
message). If useful, you may wish to present the embassy with your
own version of the model-letter included in our earlier message.
If there is no Iranian embassy in your country, you may consider
visiting your Ministry/Office of Foreign Affairs to raise your
concern; holding a press conference; organizing a petition, or
taking any other action which you consider appropriate.
Here are some slogans which you may consider using on 15 February:
Recognise trade union rights in Iran!
Release Mansour Osanloo and all detained Sharket-e Vahed
Sharket-e Vahed Management respect union rights!
Collective agreement at Sharket-e Vahed Now!
Pay wage arrears to Vahedís unionists now!
In order to encourage our Iranian brothers and sisters in this
dispute, we would like to use our webpage to update the worldwide
events. We would appreciate it very much if you could email us
your report of the protest day (along with a photograph) at your
earliest convenience. Any other information related to your
organisationís action in this case will also be much appreciated.
Please inform us as soon as possible about your organisationís
intentions with respect to the 15 February Day of Action.
With best regards,
ICFTU Department of Trade Union Rights