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اطلاعيه شماره ٣: كمپين براي آزادي كارگران زنداني

كارگران بازداشتي پتروشيمي ماهشهر آزاد شدند

بنا بر خبر سايت اتحاد “اتحاديه آزاد كارگران ايران” اعتصاب هزاران كارگر پتروشيمي ماهشهر امروز هشتمين روز خود را پشت سر گذاشت و  سه كارگر دستگير شده در اين اعتصابات منصور عباسی کارگر شرکت پیمانکاری خوارزمی و یکی از نماینده های کارگران، محمد باقر باقری کارگر شرکت پیمانکاری صنایع فارس و یکی از نماینده های کارگران  و  جاسم بدرانی یکی از کارگران شرکت پیمانکاری خوارزمی  كه روز گذشته دستگير شده بودند، زير فشار اعتراضات كارگران در  پايان ساعات آخر شب گذشته از زندان آزاد شدند. آزادي اين كارگران را به آنها، به خانواده هايشان و كارگران پتروشيمي ماهشهر و همه انسانهاي آزاديخواه تبريك ميگوييم.

آزادي اين كارگران بدنبال تجمع كارگران اعتصابي در روز گذشته مقابل مقر حراست صورت ميگيرد كه با شعار

Mahshahr, April 2011 the first strike of the petrochemicals.

دادن و با اعتراضشان خواهان آزادي فوري همكارانشان شدند و اعلام كردند كه اگر آنها آزاد نشوند به اعتراضات خود شدت خواهند داد. در ادامه همين اعتراضات در اول صبح امروز كارگران اعتصابي پتروشيمي ماهشهر بارها و بارها در ميدان مشرف به دفتر مركزي دست به راهپيمايي زدند و با شعارهايي چون  تهديد سرپرستان ديگر اثر ندارد، نه حيله نه تهديد ديگر اثر ندارد، پاسخ سركوبگري مقامات مسئول را دادند و بر روي خواست كوتاه شدن دست پيمانكاران از محيط كار پافشاري كردند.

طبق همين خبر به كارگران دستگير شده پتروشيمي ماهشهر اعلام شده بود كه امروز اول صبح بايد بار ديگر به اداره اطلاعات مراجعه كنند. اما مسئولين اين اداره طي تماسي با اين كارگران به آنان اعلام كردند كه در فرصت ديگري آنان را احضار خواهند كرد. بدين ترتيب كارگران پتروشيمي با اعتصاب جانانه شان و با شعارهايشان پاسخ سركوبگرانه جمهوري اسلامي را داند. با اين مبارزات كارگران پتروشيمي ماهشهر راه واقعي آزاد كردن كارگران زنداني و تمام زندانيان سياسي از زندان را نشان دادند.

 مبارزه  عليه احكام سنگين براي كارگران زنداني، مبارزه براي آزادي تمامي كارگران و زندانيان سياسي، يك گام مهم براي پيشروي جنبش كارگري و مبارزات كل جامعه است. با تمام قدرت براي آزادي كارگران زنداني و زندانيان سياسي از زندان تلاش كنيم.

٥ نوامبر روز جهاني اعتراض عليه احكام زندان براي فعالين كارگري و براي آزادي كارگران و زندانيان سياسي از زندان است كه از سوي جريانات و احزاب مختلفي فراخوان داده شده است. با تمام قوا به استقبال اين روز برويم.

كارگر زنداني، زنداني سياسي آزاد بايد گردد

كمپين براي آزادي كارگران زنداني

Free Them Now

١٠ مهر ١٣٩٠، ٢ اكتبر ٢٠١١

Long Live the Egyptian Revolution

The Revolution Continues: Egyptian Teachers Demand Sacking of the Minister of Education.

 

On 24 September 2011, Egyptian teachers’ unions organized a well-attended march from Tahrir Square to the Cabinet.  This event was arranged in the continuation of Egyptian teachers’ general strike, which was carried out during the entirety of last week.  During the past week, the transitional government has used the usual dirty propaganda tricks to provoke the most backward part of society and to cultivate reactionary opinion. 

Under the pressure of radical and widespread strikes and protests all over Egypt, it seems that the transitional government is becoming more desperate than ever in its fear of losing control. It is therefore preparing the ground for a more violent crackdown on the revolutionary movement. Among these preparations are the court-martialing of political activists and workers, imprisoning them and threatening others; prosecution; imprisonment; and declaring workers’ strikes illegal, thereby criminalizing them. Yet the desperation of the government is clearly evident behind this Mubarak-style propaganda. It should not be forgotten that the transitional government, which regulates its relation to the revolutionary movement according to the emergency laws of the Mubarak era, was from this point of view interesting for Western governments. It was believed that this transitional government, with the help of such illusions like “the army is our brother and is on our side,” “it is time for tranquility,” and “the coming election will solve everything,” had declared the revolution finished and suffocated. 

But workers’ strikes, political protests, and the accelerated organization and mobilization of workers, is forcing revolutionary people to the forefront of politics once again, and this time in a different capacity. With the slogan that “the revolution continues,” they are demonstrating capitalism’s impotence and its lack of alternatives it can deploy in order to control the situation. On 24 September, the transitional government also tried to intimidate and frighten the teachers by sending its security forces to the scene. Yet at the end of yesterday’s march, on the basis of 1) the fact that the teachers’ movement today is a major political factor on the political scene, which is seen and heard, and 2) promises and guarantees given by the transitional government, the teachers’ union decided to break the strike conditionally, and give the transitional government time and opportunity to fulfill their promise according to an agreed-upon timetable. 

The teachers’ demands are: 

1) The education minister must be sacked, and all the remnants of the old systems that corrupt political life and the educational environment in Egypt must be abolished. 

2) Fair wages must be paid to teachers to end the practice of giving private lessons.* 

3) Redefine goals and educational policies to reflect the essence of the 25 January revolution. 

4) Increase the education budget to 6.5 percent of the GNP. 

5) Create an appropriate educational milieu. 

6) Provide an employment guarantee for the teacher graduates. 

We are following the revolutionary events in Egypt for bread, freedom and dignity with comradely enthusiasm. We wish the revolutionary workers of Egypt daily-increasing success. We too believe that the revolutionary movement of Egyptian teachers thus far has already changed the balance power in the political arena and the revolution in favor of the workers. Dear ones: your success in accomplishing the first of your demands will push the revolution in Egypt to new heights. 

Long live revolution! 
Long live revolution in Egypt!
Ahmad Fatemi
25 September 2011

* Giving of private lessons is a method by which families pay teachers for after-hours tutoring in exchange for passing grades whether or not passing grades were merited.

Thousands of Petrochemical Workers on Strike

A United Strike by Thousands of Workers of Mahshahr Petrochemical Complex

We have previously reported that the workers of Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex in Mahshahr have been on strike, and have been gathered in protest in front of the headquarters of the petrochemical complex since Sunday morning, 3rd of Mehr (25 Sept 2011).

According to  another report published by the Iranian Workers’ Free Union, workers from Arvand, Amirkabir, and Tondguyan Petrochemicals started their own strike simultaneously with Bandar Imam workers in the early hours of Sunday 25 September.

According to this report, 6000 workers from different shifts participated in the Bandar Imam protest, gathering in front of the headquarters of the complex, marching and chanting their demands.

The main demand of the petrochemical workers in Mahshahr’s Special Economic Zone is to eliminate the role of contractors as intermediaries between the workers and the employers. Recall that during the great workers’ strike in Farvardin (April) this year, it was officially agreed that within three months, this demand would be fulfilled.  But the workers have been continually put off.

The Worker-communist Party of Iran unequivocally supports the united strikes of Mahshahr’s petrochemical workers and their just demand, and calls workers in all other work centers to join this struggle for eliminating the role of contractors throughout the entire country, and for other just demands.

Worker-communist Party of Iran
27 September 2011