Workers of a petrochemical plant in Kermanshah went on hunger strike in protest to their unpaid wages and unsuitable working conditions.
The contract workers of Bisotun Petrochemical Plant started their hungers strike last week. They have said that they do not have job security and can lose their jobs at any moment.
According to ILNA state-run News Agency, the managers at the company and the factory’s office in Kermanshah refused to respond to the news agency’s numerous calls to give explanations on the workers’ protests and their demands.
The Bisotun Petrochemical Plant is situated northeast of the town of Kermanshah in western Iran.
This is one of the many protests in Iran in the month of November. Workers are angry because they do not receive regular salaries with many of them not having received their salaries for months or even a year.
According to official sources, workers have sunk deep into poverty and have lost 80% of their purchasing power.
“We should not forget that the economic situation is such that even if the employer pays the workers’ wages every month, the households still do not have enough to provide their livelihood; so imagine the situation of workers who have not received their salaries for months,” a labor activist recently said in an interview with a government news agency.
Workers say that the relevant authorities refuse to address their grievances and only make empty promises.
Therefore, Bisotun Petrochemical Plant workers have now resorted to hunger strikes as their last option of protest.
Ahvaz steel factory workers also continued their protests for the second day today. They gathered outside the Khuzestan Governor’s Office in protest to their unpaid wages and the murky circumstances of the company’s ownership deal. In videos of the protest circulating on social media the workers chanted, “Cruelty and oppression is enough, we have no food.”
The angry workers also chanted, “Threats and prison will not work”, citing the more than 50 arrests made by security forces during the last round of their protests in June.
Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company in southern Iran also continued their strike for the seventh consecutive days in protest to not receiving their wages and the privatization of the company. The workers started their strike on November 5.
They are now protesting on the street as opposed to a few days ago when they were only protesting in the factory since their demands were not met by the company’s management.
Reports indicate that on Saturday a group of municipality workers in Shadgan also gathered outside the Governor’s Office in the southern town of Ahvazin Khuzestan Province, demanding their unpaid wages.
A large number of the workers of the Alvand Municipality in the town of Qazvin also gathered outside the municipality in the north-western province of Qazvinin protest to not having received their wages for five months.