MEK Iran: Protest by Retirees and Workers, Asking Their Rights
On Sunday, Iranian retirees and pensioners staged protest rallies in a number of locations. Workers protested in Rasht, Gilan province, in front of the local offices of the Welfare Organization, expressing their demands for poverty-level pension adjustments, government healthcare, and the payment of government arrears to the retirement fund.
Retired steelworkers protest in Isfahan
According to one of the demonstrators, seniors will be unable to pay for their monthly food and product baskets with current pensions due to current inflation rates and the prospect of future hikes and will face serious issues. The Welfare Organization must also follow through on its promise to provide free healthcare to retirees.
Retired steelworkers and retirees gathered in Isfahan to protest their terrible living conditions and demand adequate pensions based on rising inflation.
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 price of basic products has risen
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 dictatorship, 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 price of basic products has risen as a result of this. In the meantime, pensions and salaries have not been adjusted to reflect this fundamental shift in societal economic dynamics. Most retirees are now living in poverty due to current rates. The regime’s response to pensioner protests has been violent, 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.
To make ends meet workers asked that their pay be modified
Teachers, in addition to seniors, 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 labour ministry estimates.
Workers at Khuzestan’s Rejal Petrochemical Company organized protest demonstrations at the same time. These workers are demanding that their pay be modified to reflect their challenging working conditions. For moreover three years, they have also been denied their after-hours labour bonuses.
Workers from the Rangin Nakh textile factory in Semnan staged a protest rally in front of the provincial governor’s office in Semnan, making requests that had gone unmet for years. These workers have staged more than a dozen rallies in recent months to demand payments that have been overdue since 2013.
“We have at least 50 workers who have been owed wages since 2013,” one of the workers claimed. Unfortunately, after eight years, city and provincial officials have taken no action.”