Source: Radio Zamaneh
The Iranian government has not responded to an application to hold a May Day demonstration on the upcoming International Workers Day.
Photos: Workers Mark Labor Day in Tehran (May 2012)
In 2012, workers in Tehran marked Labor Day by holding a gathering at a gym. The workers initially planned to hold a demonstration to celebrate the occasion and to demand their rights. However, the Iranian government refused to issue a permit. According to ILNA, this is the fifth year that the government refuses to allow workers to hold a demonstration.
ILNA reports that the head of the Tehran House of Workers, Esmail Haghparasti, said: "While Thursday is the first day of our Week of Workers, unfortunately there has been no official response to the workers' request to stage demonstrations."
He added that the request has already been submitted to the Ministry of the Interior.
Haghparasti said the labour community is calling for better protection for contract workers and wage increases in line with the real rate of inflation.
Haghparasti expressed disappointment that despite the legitimacy of these worker demands, the government has failed to address them in any meaningful way.
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