The plight of Iranian workers: Poverty, unemployment, and suppression
In sharp contrast, the regime’s suppressive, warmongering, and terrorism machine, particularly the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is receiving increased official and unofficial funding on a daily basis. According to the state news agency, IRNA, on March 20, 2023, workers’ basic monthly salaries increased by only 27% after much bargaining, according to Labor Minister Solat Mortazavi, from 41,790,000 rials ($92.87) to 53,083,300 rials ($117.96).
Iran’s Statistics Center declared the inflation rate to be “over 50%,” but on March 1, 2023, Arman Emrooz stated that “in February 2023, the point-to-point inflation for households was 53.4%.” According to Mardomsalari on March 1, 2023, the same Center announced in its latest report that “housing inflation in January this year increased by 66% compared to the same period last year.” According to the state-run Student News Agency on March 14, 2023, “a 40% bus fare price increase was unanimously approved” at the Tehran City Council meeting.
According to government statistics, wage increases for workers who have a job are 25 to 45 percent less than the rate of inflation. At the same time, the minimum wage must be commensurate with “the inflation rate” and “enough to support the life of a family, the average number of which is announced by official authorities,” according to paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 41 of the regime’s own labour law.
This pitiful wage is not even paid to the workers. “Thousands of workers across the country are expecting 3-month, 7-month, and 15-month salary arrears. Furthermore, thousands of workers start their morning job with the fear of being unemployed the next day, and occupational accidents continue to claim victims due to the insecurity of the work environment,” as reported by Etemad newspaper on May 1, 2022.
Since the regime’s leaders, particularly those of the IRGC, have taken control of primary production and economic institutions, they have disbanded labor organizations and suppressed workers who dare to speak up and protest. They trample on workers’ rights with utmost cruelty and brutality.
The only viable solution to ending this inhumane and escalating exploitation is the overthrow of this regime. Various groups, including workers, took to the streets of Iran during the 2022 nationwide uprising, chanting slogans such as “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to the dictator.”
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