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Solidarity with Iranian workers and jailed union activists

Join the protest

Global Action Day – 26 June 2009 – Free the jailed union leaders and May Day activists

Friday, 26 June 2009, in London
12:30pm to 1.30pm
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 16 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT
(parallel to Kensington Road, not far from the Royal Albert Hall).

Join trade unionists, exiled Iranians and human rights activists to protest against the violation of workers’ rights and human rights in Iran.

The protest will call on the Iranian government to:

  • Release imprisoned trade unionists
  • Recognise independent workers’ organisations
  • Ratify ILO Conventions on freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
  • Reinstate unfairly dismissed workers

Supported by the Trades Union Congress, International Transport Federation and other unions, and Amnesty International.

If you cannot attend the protest, write, phone or email your protest to the Iranian Ambassador, Rasoul Movahedian:
020 7225 4208
Embassy of Iran, 16 Princes Gate, SW7 1PT.

Support Amnesty International’s campaign to free Iran’s jailed trade union leaders and activists. Email a letter of protest direct to the Iranian leaders:

Peter Tatchell is urging people to turn out in support:

“For 30 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has suppressed trade unions and imposed draconian political, economic and social conditions on the people,” reports human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

“Iranian workers have suffered the imposition of anti-labour and neo-liberal policies, such as privatisation and mass lay-offs, while having no right to organise or strike. Many trade unionists have been jailed and abused, including the Tehran bus workers’ union leaders, Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi.

“The current wave of mass protests in Iran following the rigged election is a clear indication of people’s dissatisfaction with the government. The workers and people of Iran want change and we support them,” said Mr Tatchell.

I urge the government of Iran and all Iranian opposition leaders to insist on:

  • Freedom for all arrested workers, students and political prisoners
  • Justice for people who have been killed and injured by security forces during the current protests in Iran
  • The right of all Iranians to organise, strike and protest, and their right to enjoy free speech and freedom of assembly
  • Release the Tehran bus workers’ union leaders, Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi, and free Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish teacher and activist who has been sentenced to death after an unfair trial
  • Drop all charges and prison sentences against labour, social and political activists in Iran, including all May Day detainees and those arrested during the recent mass protests
  • Liberty for all oppressed people in Iran – women, gay people, Sunni Muslims, Baha’is and persecuted ethnic minorities – including Arabs, Baluchs, Kurds and Azeris.

For more information, see:
Justice for Iranian Workers
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)