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Tehran workers call for recognition of trade union strikes

Tehran, May 1, IRNA -- Tehran workers during a Labor Day rally here Friday called for legitimization of strikes called by trade unions as a final and official way of expressing their grievances.

photo: ISNA

The workers, in a statement issued at the end of a mammoth gathering in the capital city, argued that strikes are their last chance to make known their demands after all other doors are closed, and asked officials to legitimize the holding of strikes called by trade and labor unions.

photo: ISNA

The statement also called for removal of two paragraphs from two articles of the proposed Fourth Development Plan (2005-2010) which, they say, "serve no purpose but simply deny the rights of workers."

photo: ISNA

Further in their statement, the workers demanded a halt to the privitization process now being sped up by the administration, arguing that it has brought no benefits after having been applied for the past decade but has only sold the national wealth, brought unemployment by shutting down factories and laying off workers and suspended all means of livelihood and other benefits previously enjoyed by workers.

photo: ISNA

It was also learned that a number of MPs and representatives from Iran`s labor community delivered speeches in support of workers and cricitizing certain labor laws, contractual employment without benefits, the Fourth Development Plan and privitization.

photo: ISNA

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