NYC Demonstration to Free Jailed Iranian Union Leader

 
On Monday January 5th at 11:00 am there will be a demonstration in front of the Iranian Mission to the United Nations (622 Third Ave) to demand the immediate release of Mansour Osanlou, the leader of Tehran Transit Workers Union.
Mansour Osanlou was arrested by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for leading a transit worker protest demanding higher wages and better working conditions. Monday’s demonstration is part of an international effort by supporters of organized labor to secure Osanlou’s immediate and unconditional release.

For Immediate Release January 7, 2006
Demonstration in Support of Jailed Iranian Trade Union Leader
On Monday January 5th at 11:00 am there will be a demonstration in front of the Iranian Mission to the United Nations (622 Third Ave) to demand the immediate release of Mansour Osanlou, the leader of Tehran Transit Workers Union.
Mansour Osanlou was arrested by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for leading a transit worker protest demanding higher wages and better working conditions. Monday’s demonstration is part of an international effort by supporters of organized labor to secure Osanlou’s immediate and unconditional release.
On Thursday, December 22, after staging a no-ticket action against Sherkate Vahed, a state owned bus company, to demand higher wages, 14 leaders of Tehran’s transport workers’ union were arrested. Following the arrests, bus workers protested by striking on December 25. Prior to the arrests, members of the Islamic militia, Ansar Hezbollah, used violence to intimidate the workers. The next day most of those arrested were released, but not the union’s leadership. Those arrested have been described by government intelligence services as “forces of popular disturbance” and face heavy jail sentences for organising the protests.
The December strike action was the culmination of a series of collective actions taken by public transport workers. In October, drivers on the public routes refused to collect tickets from passengers in protest at their working conditions and low wages. Wage rates for all transport workers have been frozen for the last four years while the prices of basic commodities have soared in Tehran. Transport workers have now threatened to call an indefinite strike action if their leadership is not released and the mining and automobile workers unions have pledged to join this battle.
The heavy repression exercised by the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demonstrates the increasing weakness of his regime. Instead of the improvement of social and material conditions, his regime has enacted restrictions on Western music and fashion while continuing the stagnation of wages. This increasingly unpopular regime is now relying on its security apparatus to suppress dissent and maintain order.
Thus far, the Iranian government has given little information about the arrests. While most of those arrested have now been released, the bus workers’ leader Mansour Osanlou remains in jail and the union’s bank account has been frozen.
Internationally, supporters of organized labor, left wing political parties, and human rights activists have pledged to support the workers. These organizations have called for the immediate release of Mansour Osanlou, that all the charges against the workers be dropped, an end to attacks on trade unionists, and have expressed support for the transport workers’ demands for increased pay and better working conditions.

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Demonstration is on Monday January 9th at 11:00am

Billy 09.Jan.2006 01:50

The correct date is Monday January 9th at 11:00am