The ITF once again showed its support for Iranian truckers and condemned government calls for the death sentence against striking truck drivers in the 44th International Transport Workers’ Federation Congress held in Singapore.
In an emergency motion presented by Tommy
“Iranian truck drivers’ employment security has been adversely affected and 350,000 truck drivers have had their pay or rates delayed for months, are suffering from extreme inflation – or both.”
“In May 2018, self-organized truck drivers across 25 provinces and 160 cities took strike action over low pay, escalating operating costs and increased tolls and other fees.”
“Since September 22, 2018, in an effort to raise awareness of their plight, almost half a million
“In the first 16 days of the truckers’ strike, more than 200 truck drivers in various provinces were reportedly detained for participating.”
“The Global Unions have consistently complained about labor rights violations in Iran via the International Labour Organisation, of which Iran is a founder and Governing Body member. In September last
The ITF also said that it was “awaiting an official response from the Government of Iran” in relation to the death sentence threats.
The ITF once again condemned in the “strongest possible terms” the report on 8th October by Iran’s state media that a prosecutor in Iran’s Qazvin province had requested the death sentences for 17 of those arrested for merely participating in the strike.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation, which has 16.5 million members all over the world, called on the Iranian government “to free the imprisoned truckers and immediately cease its campaign of fear against workers”, and requested that the ILO intervene immediately to halt the reported trials, and free innocent workers.
It also asked its affiliates to apply pressure to convince the Iranian government to respect workers’ rights in Iran, including by letter-writing and strategic industrial campaigns.
The ITF said on its Facebook page that the emergency motion was supported by 2,400 attending delegates from 140 countries.
This move comes just after five labor unions, including the ITF, called for the release of detained truckers in Iran in a letter to the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei saying that they were shocked at calls for the death penalty against striking truckers.
Iranian truckers just ended a 20 day strike in all of Iran’s 31 provinces.
A poster circulating on social media has called for another truckers’ strike for the 1st of November in Iran. The poster says that none of the promises given to the truck drivers, who live below the line of poverty, were kept. They are also calling for the release of all detained truckers.