Borujerd Municipality workers gathered today outside the Governor’s office in protest to nine months of their unpaid wages.
This is not the first time that Borujerd Municipality workers have protested in the western province of Lorestan however, relevant authorities refuse to address their demands and according to workers, only make empty promises.
The workers, who are employed in various municipal fields, receive no wages at the end of the month.
At today’s protest, the 200 strong municipality workers held placards demanding their wages and asking authorities to address their plight.
In videos circulating on social media, the workers chanted, “today is a day of grieving, workers’ livelihood is nonexistent.”
“I have not received any wages for nine months,” a worker said speaking to the state-run TasnimNews Agency.
“Many of the workers face the same fate. We are ashamed of our wives and children and I have borrowed so much money from my family and friends that I’m ashamed of them too,” he said.
“We are always ashamed of our families. We can’t even afford our minimum needs. We work but receive no wages and no one is held accountable,”the worker added.
“I have three children who go to school but I can’t provide their needs. My youngest is sick and I can’t even afford his\her treatment,” the Borujerd municipality worker said.
“The council and municipality have to take measures to help us. If a member of the city council doesn’t receive his wages, he would not stay silent but our condition is not important for them,” the worker said in the interview with Tasnim adding that all they did was “talk.”
“Where are they now that they don’t answer”, he asked.
Another worker also spoke to the news agency saying that all they wanted was their wages.
“Authorities should put themselves in our shoes to see what it means to live without wages for months and how difficult it is. Instead of promises, they should live up to what they say. We have so many loans and unpaid bills,” he said.
Tasnim said that numerous calls to the city council and relevant authorities on the Borujerd municipality workers’ unpaid wages and their ongoing plight were left unanswered.