MEK Iran: Retirees and Workers Ask for Their Legitimate Rights
On Sunday, Steel Fund retirees and pensioners conducted rallies around Iran, denouncing terrible living circumstances, low wages, and the regime’s lack of reaction to their demands. Protest rallies were reported in a number of cities, including Tehran, Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Damghan, and Isfahan. In their slogans, the protesters demanded justice and chastised the authorities for purporting to embrace Islam’s ideals of equality and justice while infringing on citizens’ basic rights. The protesters chanted, “we’ve seen no justice, only lies.”
Retirees: “we’ve seen no justice, only lies”
Retirees have been organizing protests in a number of locations over the last year. The demonstrators claim that their small pensions are insufficient to fund their most basic costs and that they are frequently delayed for months.
The regime also refuses to modify their pensions in line with rising inflation, the depreciation of the national currency, and the costs of a family of four’s product basket. Officials from the regime, on the other hand, refuse to respond to the seniors’ demands.
The deterioration of Iran’s economy, fuelled by government corruption and damaging policies, has rendered many retirees and retired government employees penniless. The rial, Iran’s national currency, has plummeted in value in recent years, shedding more than 80% of its value.
The regime has responded negatively to pensioner protests
The price of basic products has risen as a result of this. In the meantime, pensions and salaries have not been updated to reflect this fundamental shift in societal economic dynamics. Most retirees are now living in poverty due to current rates.
The regime has responded negatively to pensioner protests, either by suppressing them and detaining them or by disregarding their requests and refusing to act. Some of the demonstrators were detained and condemned to prison and flogging.
Teachers, in addition to pensioners, have been protesting for better living conditions and basic rights in recent weeks. According to the regime’s own Center of Statistics, inflation is at 44.4 percent, and the average price of meals and basic items has climbed by at least 83 percent in the last year, according to labor ministry estimates.
Security blocked them from accessing the facility for work
A number of Khoy Communication Company employees also launched a protest demonstration on Sunday when the company’s security blocked them from accessing the facility for work.
More than 40 employees demanded that their contracts are revised and their compensation be increased in accordance with the company’s work categorization laws. Rather than responding to their demands, the corporation opted to terminate their contracts and prevent them from reporting to work.
A group of employees from the Qom Province Health Community staged a protest rally in front of the Medical Sciences University and marched to the governor’s office at the same time.
Employees have been stripped of their legal rights
Employees have been stripped of their legal rights, according to one demonstrator, and have assembled to settle their contract status. These workers, who are employed by third-party contractors, want job security and solid contracts.
Despite working for 5-10 years, the protester claims that nothing has been done to enhance their contract status. They’ve been working full-time since the coronavirus outbreak began, but the government and parliament have refused to change their contract status.
Another demonstrator stated that the employees are concerned about losing their jobs. “For years, we’ve been working under demanding conditions with unfair compensation. We’ve lost some of our colleagues, but they’re still hasn’t been any improvement to our work status.”
On Tuesday, Iranian retired teachers held nationwide protests, demanding their basic rights.