THIS VIDEO IS TRANSLATED BY: INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE IN SUPPORT OF WORKERS IN IRAN (IASWI)
ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Workers’ Syndicate has been an epicenter of independent Iranian labor movement in the past ten years. From 2008 to 2010 Sugarcane workers organized an unprecedented series of strikes, marches and rallies. Since then their leaders and members have been a central target of Islamic Republic’s security forces.
Last December during their latest strike (in which they were demanding payment of their unpaid wages, removal of the current CEO, and a revocation Haft Tapeh Sugar Company’s privatization, and its return to the public sector) they were successful in ousting the incompetent, corrupt CEO, and were promised that all their other demands will be met as well.
In mid-January, Sugarcane workers announced that since none of their other demands were met, and they still have not been paid back months of unpaid wages, as they were promised to in last year, they are on strike again, but this time with a different method and approach.
During the new strike, Sugarcane workers announced that they will give the authorities an opportunity to fulfill all their promises, but if these promises were not materialized by the upcoming Friday from this speech, the workers would go to take over the management of the company and operate the facilities by themselves, under their own management and control.