MEK: Round of Protest Across Iran

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): teachers and education professionals protested detrimental government policies that are risking their livelihoods around the country.

 

According to the report by the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran),  on Sunday, active and retired teachers and education professionals protested detrimental government policies that are risking their livelihoods around the country.

Teachers protest across Iran

In Tehran, Kermanshah, Ahvaz, Shiraz, Khorram Abad, Qazvin, and other cities, rallies were organized in front of Majlis (parliament).

Teachers chanted in front of the Majlis, “Teachers raise your voices and shout for your rights.” “Teachers are awake and fed up with discrimination,” demonstrators in Ahvaz chanted. A huge group of teachers gathered in Shiraz and reiterated their demands.

Teachers on strike are asking that the regime execute what is known as the “80 percent ranking plan” for teacher compensation.

“If this initiative is approved and implemented, the legal basis for teachers’ wage will be at least 80 percent of that of faculty members, because teachers and members of faculty boards should be receiving equal salaries,” the Iranian Teachers Coordination Council said in a statement at the start of the new school year.

Teachers in Iran are given a minimum pay of 35 million rials per year, which equates to around 1,300 euros. A teacher’s minimum yearly pay in Ireland is 30,000 euros, which is more than 23 times higher than their Iranian counterparts. Irish teachers, on the other hand, are among the lowest paid in Europe.

The government has refused to respond to their demands

Since last year, Iranian teachers have been protesting, but the government has refused to respond to their demands. As the start of the school year approached, teachers took to the streets again to renew their demonstrations and remind the administration of its responsibilities.

Green report cardholders, who have passed the Education Ministry’s employment test but have yet to be hired by the government, are also protesting. Some of the teachers had traveled from other cities to make their opinions heard in the capital.

Teachers’ persistent protests

The regime is becoming concerned about the teachers’ persistent protests. On September 12, security officers opened fire on the demonstrators and used tear gas to disperse them. The regime has attempted to downplay the protests and teachers’ demands, alleging that some of the demonstrators have “failed their exams”.

Despite the fact that instructors are in limited supply throughout Iran, the education administration refuses to hire them.

Other groups, in addition to teachers, held marches

Other groups, in addition to teachers, held marches on Sunday to protest poor economic conditions and harmful government policies. The retired workers of Ahvaz Steel Company protested for the 11th day in a row in Khuzestan province.

The demonstrators want the government to increase their pensions in compliance with the regime’s own regulations, which specify that pensions must be adjusted in line with inflation. Workers’ pensions only cover a modest percentage of their expenses at the moment.

Workers from the Haft Tappeh

Workers from the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company protested in Shush, Khuzestan province, and restated requests they have made for several years. Workers suffer terrible working conditions, a lack of job security, unpaid wages, and inadequate firm management. Protest protests were held in Isfahan by retired steelworkers and pensions. Pensioners in Khorram Abad demonstrated poor living conditions and insufficient pensions. Coal miners in Kerman staged a protest against unpaid salaries.

 

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