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Congress protest against Iran

Issued on February 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM

David Begg - General Secretary

David Begg: "Solidarity with the Iranian trade Union movement."

In a letter to the Iranian Ambassador Mr. Ebrahim Rahimpour the General Secretary David Begg protests against Iran denying its labour force the most basic rights. He writes that "the Iranian government has targeted independent unions for repression and many of their leaders are now in prison. Strikes and labour celebrations are not tolerated and workers are effectively deprived of representation. Arrests, intimidation and legal persecution are common."

David Begg emphsises Congress solidarity with the Iranian trade union movement and gives ICTU's full support for their basic demands:

- Abolishment of executions.

- Immediate and unconditional release of labour activists and all other social movements activists from jails.

- Immediate and unconditional freedom in formation of trade unions.

 

Read the letter here:

Dublin 17 February 2010

His Excellency Mr Ebrahim Rahimpour

Dear Ambassador
I am writing this letter to you in protest against the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran is still denying its labour force the most basic rights, including the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The Iranian government has targeted independent unions for repression and many of their leaders are now in prison. Strikes and labour celebrations are not tolerated and workers are effectively deprived of representation. Arrests, intimidation and legal persecution are common.
The president and vice president of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Ossalou and Madadi, hte Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company Ali Nejati and Alireza Saghafy along with many other labour activists are in jail and a teacher like Mr. Farzad Kamangar is sentenced to be hanged. Many participants of the May Day celebrations are still awaiting court decisions and many other syndicate members are in a limbo of bein g suspended from their works.
This is contrary to international obligations arising from Iran's ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and from Iran's membership in the ILO.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions works in solidarity with the Iranian trade union movement and we give our full support to the following basic demands:
Abolishment of executions, immediate and unconditional release of labour activists and all other social movements activists from jails,
Rescinding all charges against labour movement arrestees,
Immediate and unconditional freedom in formation of trade unions, without the need to have permission from managements, compliance with labour related international conventions, eradication of all non-labour establishments from working environments, and to prosecute the suppressors and deniers of workers human rights.

Yours Sincerely,

David Begg
General Secretary