MEK: 64% of Iran’s Workers Are Now in Poverty
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the economic situation is so bad in Iran that about 60% of Iranian society, even workers and their families, are finding it hard to stay alive.
Regime official revealed how expensive basic goods
On December 30th, 2020 Faramarz Toufighi, the chair of the Supreme Labor Council’s Wage Committee, was interviewed by the Tasnim news agency, which is linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force.
Toufighi revealed how expensive basic goods were for 50 million people, about 60% of Iran. Their maximum income is around 30,000 million rials, which is not enough to buy the bare essentials for life. He said that for a family it is only a dream to think they could ever even own a small apartment or a Pride Car. Meanwhile, the rich in Iran have large amounts of money and are able to enjoy luxurious lifestyles.
The regime gives the wealth of Iranian people to extremist proxies
The situation is so bad that 10 million underground workers in Iran don’t even get minimum wages, according to Ali Aslani, who is a member of the Supreme Labor Council. This means Iranians do not have access to the wealth created by the country’s national assets such as the revenue collected from oil.
Instead extremist proxies like the Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian Hamas, Iraqi Shiite militias, and Yemeni Houthis line their pockets with Iran’s wealth. There are many workers in Iran who have no rights and they don’t even get paid the minimum wage. Some are only paid 7 or 8 million rials monthly.
70% of Iran’s construction workers have no job
Toufighi suggests that the regime’s officials could never live off the salaries of the poorest. He said what has added to the problem is the 200% increase in the price of basic goods. During the last 2 years, housing costs and rents have increased fivefold as well. Basically, inflation is out of control and working families’ purchasing power has fallen behind.
Nasser Chamani, the workers’ representative at the Supreme Labor Council, puts the blame on the government for failing to enforce a living wage for workers. The government is a big employer and it should take the responsibility for paying a decent wage to its employees. It should set a minimum wage that is in line with inflation so that workers living conditions can be improved.
The problem is that mass inequalities have been allowed to persist in Iran so that some of the regime’s officials and their families live a comfortable life while others can barely make ends meet, even though they put in long hours of work.
Every day more and more people join the queues of the unemployed. This is because the regime doesn’t invest any money in new projects, but instead wastes money on useless projects.
The analysts of The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), believe that the antagonism between the Iranian peoples and the mullahs’ regime is at a point of no return. This is highlighted by the fact that the elites of the society, people who could normally have a prosperous life and future with wealth, have concluded that there is no future for any improvement so long as the mullahs rule in the country.
The mullah regime’s fragile condition will get worse day by day, and it will look to search for a way out by increasing its warmongering policies in the region and internal contraction. Therefore the only solution seems to be regime change.