According to reports, a number of labor activists were arrested by Iran’s security forces for planning May Day (Labor Day) gatherings.
According to the Free Union of Iranian Workers, a number of workers were arrested yesterday morning in the Jahan Nama Park in Tehran.
The report said 12 worker’s activists were arrested. Some of them were identified as Alireza Saghafi, Haleh Safarzadeh, Parvin Mohammadi (recently released from prison), Valeh Zamani, Saied Torabian, Foad Fatthi, Mostafa Shokat, Amir Abbasi and Safiar Ghorbani.
Workers staged more than 1,865 protests in 2018 in Iran. They gathered every single month last year in protest to their unpaid wages, lack of job security, insurance issues, being laid off and overall grave economic conditions that have put them under the line of poverty.
Workers and inflation
The official line of poverty in Iran is 3 million tomans (around $712). Workers make around 1.4 million tomans (around $330) a month which puts them under the line of extreme poverty. Labor activists say that with the current wages, workers can barely provide 50% of their needs.
The only solution the Iranian government has for Iran’s growing poverty are the so called “support packages”.
According to a recent report by ILNA state-run news agency, the continuous reduction of workers’ purchasing power and their dire livelihood conditions cannot be fixed with support packages whether it be given in cash or non-cash methods.