(11.12.2014) Over 200 miners at Kooshk, Bafgh’s lead and zinc mine, went on strike for a fifth day. They were protesting against appalling conditions and unpaid wages. The striking miners wrote a letter to Ali Rabii and Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh, the Iranian regime’s Labour and Industry ministers, demanding that the “the inhuman and unjust” conditions at the mine are brought to an end immediately.
The Statement by UID-DER on its New Campaign:
(09.12.2014) We are workers, working day and night with elbow grease, producing the whole wealth. Everything stands on our own hands. We are the ones raising those skyscrapers high, opening tunnels, and digging the bosom of coal mines. Just imagine what would happen when all workers stop working for one day!
(17.11.2014) On Sunday, November 16, about 1000 construction workers protested outside the Iranian regime’s ‘parliament’. They were protesting against proposed changes to the social insurance law. Sacked workers from Ilam Petrochemicals were also protesting against unpaid wages and being fired.
(12.11.2014) The AKP government is responsible for the violent clashes spread across the whole country and the deaths. For five weeks the bloody and inhuman organisation called ISIS has been attacking Kobanê, a canton of Rojava where predominantly Kurdish people live. This bunch of criminals has many high-tech tanks and weapons seized from the Iraqi army.
(04.09.2014) All workers of the Bafgh iron ore mine have now been released and plans to privatise the mine have been shelved. The last six of the jailed miners were freed on September 3. They were all arrested on August 19 during the strike and protests of 5000 workers against plans to privatise the mine.
(02.09.2014) The Middle East is on fire like a burning pine forest. Each day hundreds of people are killed in Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Everyday thousands of people leave their homes and lands, take refuge in neighbouring countries and become emigrants. The Peoples of the Middle East are being played off against one another by sectarian provocations.
(27.08.2014) On the eighth day of their second strike around 5000 workers of the Bafgh iron ore mine protested against the arrest of their workmates. The miners, who were picketing the governor’s office, were joined by their families and many Bafgh residents who supported their struggle.
(30.08.2014) Dear worker brothers/sisters, your months-long determined struggle against privatisation of mines, low wages and bad working conditions is not only yours but also part of common struggle of workers from every industry from every nation. As workers from Turkey we are close witnesses of bitter consequences of privatisation of mines.
(28.08.2014) Behnam Ebrahimzadeh has been on hunger strike since August 8 when he was moved to Rejai Shahr prison in Karaj. On Tuesday night, August 26, he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison’s infirmary because of his deteriorating health.
(30.08.2014) Mr. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, who is a well-known labor activist, has been incarcerated for more than four years in various prisons in Iran. In an attack of security forces on Evin prison’s ward 350, on April 17, 2014, Behnam was also targeted, physically attacked and sent to ward 209 for interrogations.
(25.08.2014) The inhumane Islamic regime of Iran conducted a horrific mass execution Monday morning, August 18th, sending 17 inmates in Ghezel Hesar Prison to the gallows. On Sunday, August 17th, Ghezel Hesar Prison inmates launched a riot to prevent the execution of their cellmates.
(28.07.2014) Israel keeps on its bloody assaults on Palestine on the pretext that 3 young Israeli were kidnapped. From 8 July onwards more than 1000 people were killed and more than 6000 people were injured. Houses and streets were bombed and ruined. In some neighbourhoods not one stone has been left upon another. Once again barbaric Israeli state massacres a people before the eyes of the whole world.
(20.06.2014) We learned that Reza Shahabi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Trade Union of the Tehran Vahed Bus Company, began hunger strike to protest repression of prisoners and his transfer from Evin Prison to Rajai Shahr Prison and he was beaten in the prison infirmary.
(17.06.2014) Reza Shahabi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Trade Union of the Tehran Vahed Bus Company, began his hunger strike after he was transferred from ward 350 of Evin to Rajai Shahr prison along with six other prisoners, on June 1. Today, while being taken to the infirmary of Rejai Shahr prison he was beaten up and insulted by a prison guard named Seyyed Mehdi. A 65-year-old prisoner was also beaten up! The two prisoner were being taken to the infirmary for medical checks, including their blood pressure.
(16.06.2014) In its 8th anniversary of founding, UID-DER held a mass event in commemoration of the great workers’ resistance on 15-16 June 1970. Thousands of working class people participated in the event held in Kartal Square, Istanbul, on 15 June evening. The participants were carried away with working-class songs and poems with fighting spirit.
(10.06.2014) We, the workers and workers’ representatives who are arrested by Islamic Republic for our activities for establishment of independent workers organizations, and imprisoned based on false charges, are well aware of the actions of the capitalist states’ constant attacks against the workers and their livelihood all over the world.
(11.06.2014) Militant, Conscious and striking workers in Brazil
Committed and responsible workers’ unions of workers’ movement in Brazil
The syndicates of education, health, farming and housing
(16.06.2014) Our Turkish comrades in UID-DER have recently sent us two copies of a new DVD. The DVD, “Forward to struggle and solidarity against work accidents!” is a documentation of a campaign they are running. This video footage offers insight into important and vibrant campaign that aims to educate workers about why workplace accidents happen and why they are not inevitable.
(23.05.2014) On May Day tens of thousands of workers in many towns and cities across Turkey voiced their demands and anger against capital and the AKP government, as a manifestation of undying tradition of May Day despite all repression and bans. However in Istanbul, the heartland of the working class in Turkey, workers were once again deprived of a May Day celebration.
(15.05.2014) To our dear class brothers and sisters of UID-DER. The tragic events of the past few days have shown us clearly, and in the most heart-rending way, how important the UID-DER campaign publicising workplace accidents is. The totally unnecessary death of 282 miners (so far) in Soma is a direct result of the flouting of health and safety measures by the mine’s owners.
(17.05.2014) On 13 May capitalist system of exploitation has taken lives of around 300 workers in a coal mine “accident” in Soma, a town in western Turkey. There are unknown number of workers still trapped in the mine. This is the biggest massacre of workers in the form of “work accident” in the history of Turkey. The technical reason for the incident is still unknown.
(02.05.2014) Our dear class brothers and sisters in Turkey, Our fellow labour activists in UID-DER, For a fourth year most Iranian workers have been unable to hold any public meetings or demonstrations celebrating May Day, International Workers' Day. Even the pro-regime Labour House was not given a permit to hold any May Day event!
(30.04.2014) At 11am today, Wednesday April 23 2014, Shahrokh Zamani talked to his mother on the phone for the first time since she left hospital. After exchanging greetings Ms Zarin Nejati told Shahrokh of the message from workers’ organisations and his family and friends.
(30.04.2014) Dear all friends of UID-DER, Thank you for sending us an encouraging May Day message. Under the unprecedented global depression, governments all over the world are desperately intensifying assault on workers—privatization, outsourcing, casualization, and violent union-busting.