Iranian workers, namely in Iran’s lucrative gas and oil sector, have taken strike action since Saturday to demand higher wages.
Today, workers at the Sabalan Power station and the Heris Power Station in northwestern Iran also joined the strike that has spread to 20 cities.
Oil and gas workers at refineries in Abadan, Ahvaz, Mahshahr, Qeshm, Kangan, Lamerd, and Phase 22 and 24 of the South Pars Oil Fields in southern Iran have been on strike since August 7 and have left the refineries. Workers at the South Pars Power Station and the Parsian Gas Refinery have also been on strike since Saturday.
Thousands of Iranians workers have taken strike action to protest the late payment of wages, poverty wages, insecure employment and poor working and living conditions as they battle 50-degree heat, especially in southern Iran.
Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane workers have also taken strike action for the past 52 day. The sugarcane workers have been taking to the streets to demand their unpaid wages, the return of workers expelled for protesting, and an end to the company’s privatization.
Australia’s Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, expressed solidarity with Iranian workers who have taken strike action across Iran.
The CFMEU said that the trade union, which represents around 144,000 workers, stood with Haft Tappeh workers.
“Your fight is our fight. We condemn the Iranian Government and the employers who are not recognizing your claims,” a representative of the union said.
The CFMEU also condemned the persecution of trade unionists and called for their release from prison.
CFMEU is Australia’s main trade union in construction, forestry, maritime, mining, energy, textile, clothing and footwear production.
Before this, IndustriALL Global Union, expressed its support for Iranian workers’ strike action.
The union, which represents more than 50 million working people in more than 140 countries, said that the large scale, coordinated wave of strike action was unprecedented.