Behzaad Faraj-ollahi Freed

Forming Our Own Political and Trade Organizations is Our Right!

Behzaad Faraj-ollahi, a labour rights activist and a member of Coordinating Committee in Sanandaj was released on bail after about 2 month detention. Behzaad has not been charged yet.

Behzaad Faraj-ollahi, a labour rights activist and a member of Coordinating Committee in Sanandaj was released on bail after about 2 month detention. Behzaad has not been charged yet.

Iran Sanandaj: 2013-04-10

According to the Coordinating Committee Behzaad Farj-ollaahi was released on bail yesterday, Tuesday 9 April [read the original press release in Farsi here].He was received by family members, friends and colleagues from the Coordinating Committee.

We congratulate Behzaad , his family members, Coordinating Committee and honorable people of Sanandaj on Behzad’s release.

We demand unconditional release of Ghaaleb Hoseini and Ali Aazaadi, as well as all other jailed labour and political activists.

Coordinating Committee has in a separate press release[read the original press release in Farsi here]reported that Haamed Mahmood-nezhaad, Khaaled Hoseini and Vafaa Ghaaderi who were also released on bail appeared yesterday Tuesday 09 April 2013 in front of the  branch 5 of Sanandaj Court to defend themselves against charges, “membership in the Coordinating Committee”!

Coordinating Committee reports that these three members of the Committee have defended their membership in the Committee and the Committee’s positions.

3 Labour Activists Released, Many More To Go.

Iran, Sanandaj: 2013-04-08

[Coordinating Committee’s report in Farsi]

In 2 month have family members, friends and colleagues of the detained Coordinating Committee members protested outside the "Information"  office in Sanandaj.

In 2 month have family members, friends and colleagues of the detained Coordinating Committee members protested outside the “Information” office in Sanandaj.

Coordinating Committee reports that after 2 month struggle of the families and friends and colleagues, 3 of the detained labour activists were today, 8 April freed on bail. A jubilant crowd of family members, friends and members of the Coordinating Committee-Sanandaj received these beloved activists outside the court. Those released today are : Vafaa Ghaaderi, Haamed Mahmood-nezhad, and Khaaled Hoseini. CCHFWO reports that the Behzaad Faraj-ollahi’s bail is also sett at 50 Million Tuman and the paper work for his release is not completed yet.
There is no news of the charges and conditions of Ghaaleb Hoseini and Ali Aazaadi.
We congratulate our class comrades, released worker activists, their families and friends,the honorable people of Sanandaj and of course the Coordinating Committee on this victory.
We demand release of Ghaaleb Hoseini and Ali Aazaadi and all other labour activists.

Protest of the Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company against the Minimum Wage Set for 1392 (2013)

Protest of the Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company against the Minimum Wage Set for 1392 (2013)

POSTED BY  ⋅ APRIL 6, 2013

dastmozd1While the cruel giants of rising expenses, inflation, unemployment, usury, forestalling, brokery, bribery, chaos and incompetence, economic corruption, discrimination, and poverty continue to tear asunder the drained and weakened bodies of the majority of workers and toilers, retired people and those on fixed incomes, and the impoverished;

While the poverty line has reached 2 million Touman;

And while the noise and commotion of the authorities regarding the pursuit of justice, human dignity and rights – not only for the deprived of Iran, but for the deprived of the whole world – has become deafening for both heaven and hell:

(It must be observed that), in contrast to the economic slogan of 1391(1), members of the labour force not only remain unsupported (by any kind of socioeconomic safety net), but – due to the stormy economy – have seen their marginalized livelihoods come under comprehensive attack.

Now, as in the Farsi proverb “gol bood beh sabzeh ham aaraasteh shod” – as if that dire situation was not enough – the government-sponsored Supreme Council of Labour, which is occupied by so-called representatives of workers, incompetent and divorced from the body of the workforce, selected through undemocratic and unjust methods, despite immense demands by workers that a fair labour wage should be determined – one that is sufficient to provide a humane life for a working household – has decided to set the minimum wage for the year 1392 at just under 500,000 Touman, redoubling the siege on the lives and livelihoods of workers.

This bitter and arduous state of affairs, a result of unjust action by the government’s Supreme Council of Labour and of the suppression of universal workers’ rights such as the right to establish labour syndicates, the right to protest and engage in protest marches, and the right to labour strikes – all commonly and customarily exercised elsewhere in the world – has been and is being intensified.

Vahed Company Workers’ Syndicate, as an independent, genuine labour organization, and despite enduring all kinds of harassment and various hardships such as imprisonment, detention, expulsion, threats, persecution, fabrication of charges, etc., continues to endeavour to defend the rights of workers, and in this regard declares its strong protest against the low minimum wages that have been set for 1392, deeming this act an insult to and humiliation of the working class.

The Syndicate of Vahed Company Workers demands that the authorities meet their obligation to fill the deep gap between the minimum wage and the cost of living for a 4 person worker’s household. In this regard, workers rely on their own force and reserve the right to follow up and protest.

Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company
23-12-1392 / 2013-03-13

(1) Slogan for 1391, pronounced by Ali Khamenei, was “Year of National Production, Supporting Iranian Labor and Capital”

Translation from original Farsi: Ahmad Fatemi, Mission Free Iran
Editing: Maria Rohaly, Mission Free Iran