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Security Forces Illegally Arrest Striking Workers 


In an action labor leaders are calling “illegal,” security forces have arrested over 20 workers of the Chadormalu Mine in the central province of Yazd, including the head and the secretary of the labor union, who stopped work as part of a contract negotiation and labor dispute. Prominent labor unionist Mansour Osanloo told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, “According to the Iranian Labor Law, when workers reach a dispute with their employers because of their pay or other guild demands, they have a right to stop work. Therefore they didn’t do anything illegal to warrant the arrests.”

For the past several months, more than 3,000 workers have demanded a pay increase that is compatible with the inflation rate, as well as their overtime pay which had been unpaid for four months. Bahram Hassaninejad, the secretary of the workers’ labor union, was dismissed from his job during earlier protests over this issue in November 2013. The protest grew wider after Hassaninejad’s dismissal, and his return to work became another demand in addition to the pay increase and back pay...