The Statement by UID-DER on its New Campaign:
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!
(20.01.2015) Since the eruption of the world-worst nuclear disaster of Fukushima Dai-ichi triggered by the Earthquake on March 11, 2011, Doro-Chiba has been organizing a signature campaign to abolish all nuclear power plants on the earth, appealing to workers and labor unions all over the world. UID-DER is the most earnest and significant supporter of our campaign, responding to our appeal by sending us over 16,000 signatures.
(08.01.2014) Hundreds of electricity and Iran Tyre workers protest against temporary contracts outside regime’s ‘parliament’. Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) has reported that on Wednesday, January 7, about 500 workers of regional electricity companies from different parts of Iran gathered in Tehran to protest against temporary contracts.
(02.01.2015) As the 21st century progresses the gap between technological advances and their social benefits becomes wider and more apparent to an ever widening layer of workers. Profit, the sole purpose of development in capitalist society, is the cause of this disparity. For a very small minority it produces comfort and luxury never before seen in history.
There are two fundamental social classes under capitalism: The working class and the bourgeoisie. And there are also children of these two classes. Children of the working class have their share of inequality and injustice that the capitalist order creates. The system of education is one of the areas of inequality and injustice for them.
(01.01.2015) The year 2014 has passed under heavy attacks of the bourgeoisie directed at the working class all over the world. These attacks have been multiplied by imperialist wars. Especially in the Middle East in which we are placed, our class has come under these attacks in the harshest way, which are still continuing. Undoubtedly the working class has not been silent in the face of these attacks.
(27.12.2014) The Iranian labour activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a member of the Commitee to Pursue the Establisment of Workers’ Organisations and a children’s rights advocate, began hunger strike on December 3. He was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment and has been incarcerated by the Iranian regime since June 2010.
(25.12.2014) Since its launch in July 2011 the Kurdistan Construction Workers’ Organisation (KCWO) has been campaigning for official recognition by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq. Although the KRG recognises compliant unions under its jurisdiction, it has so far refused to recognise this independent trade union.
(18.12.2014) The latest statement issued by the Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Defence Committee describes Behnam’s situation on the eleventh day of his hunger strike. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Workers’ Organisations, began his latest hunger strike on December 3.
(16.12.2014) Hundreds of nurses from the provinces of Tehran, Esfahan, Qom, Mazandaran and Gilan, gathered in front of the Presidential Office in Tehran on Sunday, December 14. They were demanding a meeting with the Iranian regime’s president, Hassan Rohani, so that they could bring their demands to his attention.
(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.
(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.