Two European labor unions support Iran’s striking truckers

Unions support Iran truckers' strike

Two labor unions from Germany and the UK expressed support for Iran’s striking truckers, which has entered its 7th day.

The German Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (German United Services Trade Union), Verdi for short, in an interview with Bild website, condemned the Iranian government’s efforts to punish striking drivers with the death penalty.

“To impose the death penalty for strikers is unthinkable and disgusting for a civilized state,” Andrea Kocsis, The Deputy Federal Chairman of the Verdi Union, said.

“Iran should listen to its truckers who have been getting less and less wages for 20 years. The conflict requires economic solutions and not threats of execution,” Kocsis added.

Through the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Verdi called on the International Labor Organization (ILO) to intervene immediately in the conflict.

The website said that Verdi had also supported an ITF statement which strongly condemned the calls for the death penalty against truckers.

The United Road Transport Union (URTU), a trade union in the United Kingdom which has over 14,000 members also supported Iran’s striking truckers in a statement.

The URTU is the UKs only union dedicated to serving the interests of workers in road haulage, distribution and logistics.

“Workers and drivers in Iran have no job security and no law supports them. Iranian workers are not allowed to form an independent trade union or syndicate,” it said in the statement.

“We call on all labour organisations to condemn trampling of the workers’ basic rights and to demand the ruling dictatorship in Iran to release all detained workers, to respect the basic rights of workers and to adhere to all international labor laws,” the UK Union which was founded in 1890 added.

This is the fourth round of the truck drivers’ strike. The last round drew the support of the ITF and Teamsters.

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