Labor Unions Send Norooz Messages

March 20, [2010] marks the start of the Iranian New Year 1389. On this occasion, the Network of Iranian Labor Unions (NILU) salutes the Iranian working class and their allies, as well as the international labor movement, in solidarity with their struggle. Several unions in Iran have issued communiques on the occasion of the new year.

Free Assembly of Iranian Workers Message on the Occasion ofthe New Year

As 1388 comes to a close and a new year begins, millions of Iranians who realize ideals of humanity have demanded [for their rights] while [remaining] determined, hopeful, and full of excitement.

This year, Norooz approaches differently than previous years. Iranians are unwavering in their pursuit to break the oppression and tyranny of 1388. [Examples of conditions endured in 1388 that carry over to the new year]: wages below the poverty line ($303.00 USD for workers), subsidies cut in the coming year, the increase of unemployment figures, continuous non-payment of sub-poverty wages, and thousands of resisting (laborers and other social movement leaders and activists) imprisoned.

The Free Assembly of the Iranian Workers greets the Iranian people and salutes all the freedom-loving citizens who are imprisoned. [We] congratulate them and their loved ones on the new year. In the early moments of the new year we call for the immediate and unconditional release of imprisoned workers and everyone who seeks an Iran free of injustice, discrimination, and repression.

Happy New Year

Free Assembly of Iranian Workers
March 20, 2010

Norooz Greeting by Haft Tapeh Sugar Refinery Workers Syndicate

On Norooz, Haft Tapeh Sugar Refinery Workers Syndicate congratulates all Iranian people, especially the noble and hard-working masses. We hope that no one is terminated [from their job] or imprisoned in the new year for pursuing their rights. This is our deepest aspiration.

Hail Norooz,

Haft Tapeh Sugar Refinery Workers Syndicate
March 20, 2010

[Also:] Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate also wished for the release of imprisoned labor activists in their Norooz greeting.

Translation by: Iran Labor Report | Additional editing by:


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