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ITF statement in solidarity with truck drivers in Iran

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 ITF statement in solidarity with truck drivers in Iran

The International Transport Workers’ Federation, on behalf of the 20 million transport workers worldwide that our organisation represents, stands in full solidarity with the truck drivers of Iran as they enter a tenth day of strikes. Truckers in Iran are taking mass action over low wages and rising expenses, as well as for workers’ rights and road safety. Qazvin-Rasht Highway, west of Tehran, 5/31: Striking trucker drivers block non-striking drivers from passing thru

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Iran: Political prisoners support truckers’ nationwide strike

A group of political prisoners from across the country, currently exiled in Ardabil in the country’s northwest regions, have issued a strong letter of support expressing their solidarity with thousands of truck drivers on a general strike in over 270 cities in all of Iran’s 31 provinces.

“Reports of protests and strikes are heard from people across the country. It has been 40 years that the great people of Iran have been prisoners to a regime of utter corruption, destruction, and plundering.

“From Ahvaz to Kazerun, from sugar cane workers in Haft Tappeh to the employees of Arak’s Hepco Company, and now truck drivers across the country; they all share one voice and are on strike… Unity is of the utmost importance.

 

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