MEK Iran: Pandemic Has Led to Mass Unemployment Amongst Construction Workers
Only 30 percent of construction workers are currently employed according to Hadi Sadati, the vice-president of the Association of Construction Workers’ Unions. This is because of the difficulties caused by the coronavirus. Over 146,500 people have died of the coronavirus in Iran, according to reports by the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Many of these construction workers would normally be at work painting buildings, repairing pipes, or fixing things on houses, but have not been offered work because of the virus.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 7, 2020
Sadati says there are construction workers’ unions active in 450 Iranian urban centers. “Currently, construction workers who are waiting for insurance have been identified,” he says. “For those who are not insured, their statistics and information can be collected by construction workers’ associations across the country. And whenever social security wants, we provide it to the organization through the center.” Unions can help unemployed workers obtain information about insurance.
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) October 29, 2019
Construction workers’ concerns not helped by the regime
It has become harder for construction workers to pay their insurance premiums but this situation hasn’t been helped by the regime, which is not making it any easier for them. The government seems to be more interested in boosting revenue for the Social Security Administration.
— Javad Dabiran (@JavadDabiran) November 7, 2020
Construction workers have become more worried by the drafting of the amendment to Article 5 of the Construction Workers’ Insurance Law. The Social Security Organization has been behind the drafting of this amendment although it has already been signed by 30 parliamentarians.
It seems that the outcome of these changes in construction workers’ insurance and social protection measures may make life even more uncertain or these workers during the pandemic. “Many people have nothing to eat but bread and cheese,” acknowledged the deputy chairman of the Iranian Majlis Economic Commission. He has been criticizing the government’s plans.
November 3 – Tehran, #Iran
A young man is seen searching in trash, most likely for something to sell. More than 60 million people are living in poverty across the country.#41YearsOfMisery pic.twitter.com/jsjJpeo4Od
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 2, 2020
No help for unemployed workers in Iran: the regime is content to see people starve
Unlike many other countries where the pandemic has caused widespread unemployment, there has been little or no government helps available in Iran. Billions of dollars have been spent in most other countries in an attempt to prevent the worst outcomes for the unemployed and to stimulate the Covid stricken economies.
All that has happened in Iran is the issuing of empty words, which no-one can eat. It seems the mullahs’ regime is content to see its poorest citizens starve.
While the regime buries its head in the sand and the economic crisis worsens, the opposition movement is growing stronger. Protests organized by the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) have swept across the country and spread to all sectors of Iranian society.
The only way to end poverty, corruption, unemployment and disease, is overthrowing the clerical regime and establishing democracy and people’s sovereignty in #Iran. #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/eUtaL6fylx
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 31, 2020
Shockingly, poverty in Iran has become so extreme that people are being forced to sell their organs just to survive. The (PMOI / MEK Iran) sources from inside Iran report that kidneys are the most common organ to be found on the market, followed by blood plasma and livers.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), has exposed information about this shocking practice that is becoming increasingly common.
According to reports by the Iranian opposition, the #NCRI and the #MEK #Iran. The situation has gotten so bad that people across Iran are even offering their organs for sale, just to make ends meets. #WeStand4FreeIran pic.twitter.com/ah7TIxkOqe
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) November 7, 2020
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): The only way to end poverty, corruption, unemployment, and disease, is overthrowing the clerical regime and establishing democracy and people’s sovereignty in Iran.