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.
(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.
(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.
(30.04.2014) Our dear class brothers/sisters, We celebrate your May Day which is a day of unity, struggle and solidarity for the working class. The working class can only resist the attacks of the bourgeoisie through an organised and determined stance.
(30.04.2014) Our dear class brothers/sisters, Capital is on the offensive everywhere against the gains of the world working class. The gains achieved during long years of struggle. Hunger and misery, joblessness, inequality, all social illnesses are rampant now.
(27.04.2014) Today is May 1st, the world workers day, the international proletariat solidarity day, the First day of workers new year, workers festival…. Festival? A festival, for millions of workers liviing below the poverty line. A festival, for workers receiving minimum wages without any say in these matters.
(23.04.2014) After 44 days on hunger strike Shahrokh Zamani’s physical condition deteriorated further and he was transferred to the infirmary of Rejai Shahr prison in Karaj on April 20. Since he has lost 22kg, one of Shahrokh’s former fellow prisoners at first did not recognise him and was shocked to see him in this state.
(15.04.2014) Shahrokh Zamani, a member of “House-Painter workers union”, who is currently serving an 11 years prison sentences, he transferred to Gohardast prison in city Karj the ward, where the political prisoners are held and controlled by the Islamic Special Forces and the intelligent ministry since 15 January 2012.
(12.04.2014) Ghezel Hesar prison is the largest state prison in Iran. As of 2011 it was holding about 20,000 prisoners, of which 13,000 were held on drug-related charges – said to be four times its planned capacity. It is located in the city of Karaj, 20 km northwest of the Iranian capital Tehran.
(05.04.2014) Shahrokh Zamani, a member of the Painters’ Union, was charged with “endangering national security” and “participating in an illegal organisation” by the Iranian regime after he attempted to build an independent trade union. While in prison he has been physically and psychologically abused, denied medication and denied access to visitors.
(30.01.2014) Workers in Cambodia living in extreme poverty, intensity of workers exploitation in Cambodia is the same as Bangladesh. Labour monthly wages are fifty six euro for ten to twelve hours of daily work, whilst inflation was increased by three hundred percent in last two years, which has been recorded by government official department.
(16.01.2014) Our dear class brothers and sisters. We are sending our greetings to you from Hacettepe University, Turkey. We are workers who had been dismissed because of our struggle against injustices created by outsourced work and who were eventually reinstated thanks to our resistance. When we read that you have made achievements in your struggle, it gave us hope and stregth.
(14.01.2014) We are a group of workers that have been working for a subcontracting company in Hacettepe University Hospital for a long time. Outsourcing is one of the most serious problems we face not only in Turkey but all around the world. Precarious work, long working day, low wages, work accidents and occupational diseases which increase due to spreading of outsourcing while the outsourced workers like us are to shoulder the burden that makes our lives unbearable.
(13.01.2014) Reza Shahabi is a prisoner’s worker who alongside being a board’s director is also treasurer for Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company labour union in Tehran. After being unwell for a long period and a lot of pressure from his family and doctors; he was finally allowed to seek medical help at the hospital.