Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Iran accused of "terror tactics" against union

GENEVA (Reuters) - Global labour grouping ICFTU on Tuesday complained to the U.N.'s International Labour Organisation (ILO) over what it said was a "terror campaign" in Iran to crush an independent trade union.

In a letter to ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, the grouping said the president of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company had been jailed since December and union meetings had been broken up by police and vigilantes.

In a statement on the letter, the Brussels-based ICFTU said it was making its formal complaint to the ILO -- to which Iran belongs -- because of the Tehran government's "use of terror tactics" against the union.

The union, founded in 1968 but dissolved by the authorities after Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, had been subjected to "an ongoing campaign of harassment, arrests and physical attacks" since it was relaunched last year.

"The Iranian government is mistaken if it believes that a continued campaign of terrorising (the union) workers will stifle ... their resolve to fight for their fundamental rights," ICFTU General Secretary Guy Ryder said.

The Iranian union, supported by around half the bus company's 16,000 workers, is a member of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), an affiliate of the ICFTU -- the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

The letter to Somavia said that since 1979 no independent labour unions had been permitted in Iran and the official "Workers House" organisation "is essentially a channel for the government to control the workers".

The ILO has no enforcement mechanism but countries generally seek to avoid condemnation. ILO officials said they would not comment on the letter until it had been formally received, although they were aware it had been sent.

Source: http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=1081512006

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Responsabilities of a succesfull Transitional Government in Iran
Protest at the IRI embassy, The Hague, August 5th
United4Iran, Amsterdam, July 25th 2009
Iranian protest, The Hague ICC, July 9th
Iranian protest, Brussels, 4th of July
London Speech by Prince Reza Pahlavi
Human rights for Iranian citizens now !!
October 29, Cyrus the Great Day
In Iran, even art is being put behind bars
Iran students protest against Ahmadinejad
Iran: arrests of demonstrators continue
Rafsanjani off the hook ... for now
Student activists: Death to despotism, Death to dictator
In Iran, stoning of women continues
SMCCDI urgent action call
IRI murders Akbar Mohammadi
Terror tactics against union
Pahlavi critical of the West's offer to Iran
Prison as a mirror of society
Hostage takers against hostage taking
Nuke plants in a quake zone
United by their natural rights and their humanity
Knowledge in the hands of the evil-natured man
To whom it may concern
Adonis speaks ...
Where are the billions?
A letter from Iranian students
Opposition or opposition to the opposition?
Partir, c'est mourir un peu
Follow the money
The policy of doing nothing
Vani is equal to a murder
Under Islamic Law there is murder ...
12 Reasons against nuclear energy for Iran
The Times on 'One man, one vote'
An interview with Oriana Fallaci
Prince Reza Pahlavi speaks on CNN
Elections in Iran
Fascism in Islamic countries
Football is ...
Action in Europe
The Iran of Tomorrow Movement
60 or 70 million
A man and a bear

Conference of the Birds

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