Regime’s Established Monthly Minimum Wage is less than One-Third of the Poverty Line
“The poverty line this year is at 11 million tomans,” claimed Aftab News on October 5, 2021, citing the Iranian regime’s Central Bank. Using Hamdeli’s inflation rate and statistics, the poverty line at the end of the Persian calendar year (March 2022) has “reached 12.5 to 15 million tomans.” Despite this, the regime’s Supreme Labor Council established the monthly minimum salary for workers at 41,797,500 Rials, according to ILNA News Agency, on March 10. This means that even if workers are eventually afforded this minimum wage level (which, in most cases, it will not be paid), the sum is less than one-third of the poverty threshold announced by the dictatorship itself in the most optimistic scenario.
This is despite the fact that, due to uncontrolled inflation, poverty levels will be significantly higher next Persian calendar year than they are now (March 2022 to March 2023). According to paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 41 of the regime’s own Labor Law, the minimum wage “should be enough to cover the requirements of a household whose average members are reported by official sources,” and it “shall be regulated according to the rate of inflation.”
Working women’s living conditions, on the other hand, are far worse. “Around 15.3 percent of the 4,320,000 women employed in 1398  lost their jobs a year later;” Furthermore, “with an unequal distribution of jobs, women outnumber males in the service industry.” These situations are sometimes compounded by a violation of fundamental rights, such as exploitation, forced labor, excessive working hours, and heavy equipment operation,” Resalat noted on January 11.
The rising disparity between the minimum wage and the poverty line has exacerbated the living conditions of workers and toilers, as well as the great majority of wage earners. This very bitter fact is demonstrated by the growing number of protests by angry people in many sections of the country, particularly workers, teachers, educators, and medical personnel.
The country’s poverty has reached the point that, in addition to selling blood and body organs or even selling children, “some people are willing to accept the crimes perpetrated by others in exchange for minor amounts of money,” according to Hamdeli news on February 23.
Despite being a member of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the government violates all of the organization’s principles and laws. These standard regulations include ensuring job security in employee-employer contracts, trade union recognition, health insurance and pensions for workers and their families, a minimum wage sufficient to support a family of four, not forcing women to perform heavy duties, and providing essential salaries for women with infants.
Workers and laborers will be exploited more intensely as long as this thieving government remains in power in Iran. The only way to bring democracy and freedom to the country is to overthrow the cruel clerical rule. Every factory, workshop, neighborhood, and the city must be transformed into a center of resistance to this government, and the people’s plundering resources must be taken away from Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Labor Committee calls on the International Labor Organization, other UN entities, and trade unions around the world to condemn the clerical regime’s anti-labor policies and chronic violations of international labor laws and standards.