Day 19 of Iran truckers’ strike

Despite the Iran truckers’ strike going into its 19 consecutive day in protest to low pay and the high cost of spare parts, the government has still done nothing to solve their problems and improve their working conditions.

Reports indicate that truck drivers held protest gatherings in the central province of Isfahan. Truckers gathered outside a battery shop in Isfahan’s Zarin Shahr to protest the high price of tires and spare parts.
In the Mobarakeh Loading Terminal in Isfahan, truck drivers gathered in protest to the failure of officials to take action on their grievances.

Images and videos from Shiraz also show that trucks are still parked in terminals and refuse to load.

Trucks parked in the terminal in Shiraz

Despite government and Iran’s judiciary threats that detained truckers would receive the death penalty, truck drivers are determined to continue their strike as videos circulating on social media indicate.

Truck drivers who have participated in the strike since day one have said that in order to show that the strike has ended, government officials are now pressuring them to move their trucks from the terminals to prevent them from filming the parked trucks which is an indication that the strike has still not ended.

Reports also indicate that government agents have taken down the Mobarakeh Loading Terminal sign and have put up a parking sign instead at the loading terminal. They are now forcing truckers to pay 10,000 tomans (around $2) per day to park there in an effort to end the strike.

The ongoing strikes have attracted the attention of the ITF and Teamsters who voiced their support for the truck drivers in statements.

According to reports, the bazaar merchants’ strike which started two days ago was still ongoing in a number of locations in Tehran on its third day. Shops in the Imam Zadeh Hassan, Loghman Hakim, and Sabouri streets have pulled down their shutters and closed shop. According to images taken from the furniture bazaar in Tehran’s Amin al-Molk street, the shops there were also closed with the shutters pulled down.

In the city of Qom, fruit and vegetable sellers had also closed their stores.


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