Monday, May 01, 2006

Bus drivers and their families to gather for May Day to protest in front of the bus company’s headquarters

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
Based on received reports from Tehran, on International Workers Day, Monday, May 1st, 2006, at 11:30 A.M. the bus drivers of the greater Tehran bus company and their families will gather in front of the bus company’s headquarters to protest their conditions.

Member of their union, who as a result of going on strike, were fired, will take part in this protest in order to condemn the denial of their rights and to demand the immediate and unconditional release of their imprisoned leader Mansour Osanlou.

Originally the protest was scheduled to take place in front of the ministry of labor and social security however during their Saturday, April 29th meeting the union members changed their plans and voted to gather at the bus company headquarters instead.

A massive group of student supporters as well as workers from various walks of industry, in a show of solidarity, will also be joining the protesting bus drivers at this rally. READ MORE

Reportedly the members of the bus drivers union who pooled their money together were able to print a beautifully designed greeting card that will be packaged with cookies and pastry for offering to their colleagues during their morning, afternoon and evening routes.

The bus drivers union and other workers and student groups have requested that the Iranian people join these groups of protestors at the designated protest site.

The bus drivers had also planned a ceremony in commemoration of this day in one of Tehran’s largest auditoriums but the ministry of intelligence and security of the Islamic regime thwarted it.
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