Monday, April 17, 2006

Workers from 4 textile factories block the transit road between Kashan & Bandar Abbass

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
For the second time in a week protesting workers from 4 textile factories who had not received salaries in 13 months blocked the transit road between the cities of Kashan and Bandar Abbass. READ MORE

The regime-run news agency, ILNA's workers reporter, before the Norouz holidays the workers had threatened that if the issue of their back pay is not resolved, they will not allow for work to start up again in the new year, 1385*. In view of the lack of resolution to this issue, on April 3rd, the workers gathered inside their respective factories and refused to work.

As a result of the ongoing negligence of the factory management therefore, the workers of the 4 factories gathered on Sunday, April 9th and blocked the transit road; after a couple of hours however the regime's security and disciplinary forces intimidated the workers into disbanding.

The ILNA report also states that the workers representatives were to meet with the factories management groups on Tuesday, April 11th, however the management of neither factory was willing to meet with groups of workers. The workers therefore blocked the same transit road again on Tuesday.

* The Iranian calendar (also known as the Jalaali Calendar) is a solar calendar currently used in Iran and Afghanistan. It is observation-based, rather than rule-based, beginning each year on the vernal equinox is precisely determined by astronomical observations from Tehran. The Iranian calendar was legally adopted by the Persian parliament on March 31st, 1925, specifying the adaptation of the calendar from its Zoroastrian origins to the numbering of the year which is representative of the year of Mohammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE; the Zoroastrian origins of this is a celebration of the first day of spring. The year is a true solar year and specifies the month names and the number of days in each month. On March 21st, 2006 the year 1384 officially ended and 1385 began.
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