MEK Iran: Women Indispensable to Their Families but Disposable to Their Employers
The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that many Iranians work in insecure, informal jobs. The percentage in some provinces rises to 70% of the workforce in the informal sector. These workers are the most vulnerable to any kind of economic crisis, such as the one associated with the global pandemic.
Women workers are even worse off than men as they not only occupy some of the worst jobs they are regarded as disposable to their employers. According to the Iranian Parliament’s Research Center, 84 percent of whom were working for employers who employed fewer than 5 employees, many of whom were informal workers.
Some 60 percent of jobs in #Iran are informal, with the figure rising to 70 percent in many provinces, which makes those workers more vulnerable to economic crises, especially those that follow the global pandemic.#COVID19https://t.co/ilrtZTZPx8
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 11, 2021
The Organization of Social Security Research found that 80 percent of uninsured workers were women. Many of these women are indispensable to their families but totally disposable to their employers. They usually have no legal support, they may be disabled, their rights are often ignored, and may not be paid on time, with wages often weeks or months late.
(PMOI / MEK Iran) network inside Iran reports that women workers are often the first to be fired when there is an economic downturn and are seen as cheap labor. According to the Iranian regime, there was a rise in employment of about 3 million between 2015 and 2019, but many of these were informal workers, often insecure and part-time. These workers find it hard to secure enough pay to support their families.
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) January 7, 2021
The following are a sample of some of these tragic cases. The information was supplied by the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Without any welfare help
(PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters from the city of Sari reported that the 47 mother-of-three, Maryam, lives in a home-built shack. It doesn’t have electricity. The ceiling collapsed once and there was a fire. Maryam works two cleaning shifts a day, looks after a sick husband, and does it all without any welfare help. “If one day, for any reason, I do not go to work and stay home, that day, we would have nothing to eat,” she said.
(PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters from the city of Urmia reported that the 50-year-old mother-of-two, Massoumeh, has been the main earner for her family as her husband has died. She has chest pain and backache and hasn’t paid her rent for eight months. She has worked as a house cleaner but hasn’t had much work and her landlord has been harassing her for rent.
The regime has stated that there are 3 million more people working between 2015 and 2019. This may or may not be true but most of these new jobs are in the most vulnerable sectors when it comes to exposure to #Covid https://t.co/KctopSeZVD pic.twitter.com/FFmMBBH6Ag
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) January 3, 2021
Massoumeh, 50, a mother-of-two from Urmia, suffers from backache and chest pain but has been the breadwinner since her husband died. She has been unable to pay her rent in eight months because of a reduced demand for house cleaners and her landlord has repeatedly harassed her.
She said: “the Coronavirus outbreak has had a direct impact on our life. The demand for housework has become much less than before. It’s been a long time since my children and I have eaten meat. I do not have any savings. If our relatives don’t help, it is impossible to continue like this even for an hour.”
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