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Issue #1925      July 27, 2020

The Haft Tappeh workers’ voice is our voice!

Let’s make our voice loud,
by bringing our strength and power
to the forefront!

The Coronavirus epidemic has forced all capitalist countries, including the Islamic Republic, to hide their economic crisis under the pretext of [COVID-19]. While the epidemic conditions in Iran, which have claimed thousands of lives, and put millions at risk of contracting Coronavirus, poverty and hunger have made the lives of millions miserable.

There were countless labour protests prior to the outbreak of Coronavirus in Iran, including two social uprisings by the poor and lower class of society in December 2017, and November 2019, which much more deepened the society’s gap with the Islamic regime. With the spread of Coronavirus, social distancing, and quarantining, the Islamic Republic tried to use the virus to cover up its faults and save itself while not providing any basic health items and safety facilities in society.

The Islamic regime for its survival, has imposed the labour wage at least five times below the poverty line; pressured political prisoners, and intensified their torture and harassment and ill-treatment of women, students, teachers. It has suppressed social protestors, by whippings and fines for workers, and attempted to execute the detainees of November 2019. These are all obvious examples of the regimes’ efforts to maintain its grip on power. In this regard, at the international level, and in the eyes of the international community, the regime has fallen into despair.

Because of the arrest of tens of thousands and massacre of hundreds in the November 2019 public protest, once again the people’s uprising has been buried in the ashes to be ignited at another time. The [COVID-19] epidemic created an inevitable pause in the continuation of the social protests, during which the Islamic regime, under the guise of [pandemic], tried to buy the opportunity, and use it to repair its shaky foundations. Unaware that the living conditions of the workers and the livelihood of the majority of society and the inevitable struggle around it even in the Corona conditions, also will deprive the capitalists and the Islamic regime of their sleep.

The workers’ protests and strikes of the coal-miners in Kerman, municipal workers, railroad workers (construction line and railway workers), Aazaraab workers, Hospital workers, and Hospital service employees (social workers), building construction workers, and now the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane workers’ strike have reiterated once more, that capitalism’s crisis and the failures of the Islamic regime in the context of Coronavirus conditions, have threatened the lives and existence of the working people.

The Strike of the Haft Tappeh workers which started on 15th June, in the affected Corona province of Khuzestan, clearly articulated their demands. Their demands are related to the lives and existence of the majority of the Iranian people, and we are obliged to join and support them.

The struggle against embezzlement and theft which is rooted within the Islamic regime, as well as the struggle against capitalist privatisation, and job cuts in the labour force, will violate the livelihood of the majority of society, and lead to unemployment and an increase in the reserve army of unemployed. Thanks to the struggles of the Haft Tappeh, Ahwaz’ Foulad (steel) workers, Hepco of Arak, Machinery of Tabriz, and Aazaraab workers, and the miners’, these have to become the top social demands of society today.

Our common demands are tied only to struggles of our million workers. Capitalism and the reactionary Islamic Republic are weak and incapable of confronting our huge power with any degree of repressive force at its disposal; it will not be able to defeat us. We had two uprising experiences of the poor and lower-classes in December 2017, and November 2019, and thousands of protest movements, including the strikes of several weeks in 2017, by the workers of Haft Tappeh and Foulad (steel) of Ahwaz in the province of Khuzestan. Let’s use our experiences and liberate our society in favour of freedom and public welfare.

Our struggle has forced the regime to repeal the sentences of the imprisoned workers. Our struggle forced the embezzlers to respond and to be accountable.

The Haft Tappeh workers’ voice is our voice!

Let’s make it loud by bringing our million-strong forces to the streets and to show by actions, that we are all Haft Tappehist!

Alternative Workers News-Iran

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