Forty three years of the rule of the Islamic Republic has created poverty and unemployment for the workers and labouring people of Iran. The skyrocketing inflation has lowered the purchasing power of the Iranian masses. At the same time, the authorities of the regime and their offspring’s have accumulated enormous wealth.
Protests and strikes of workers, teachers, pensioners, and other toilers in Iran have intensified particularly in the last two months. The workers and poor strata of the society are in the streets, expressing their demands for job, bread, and against layoffs and low wages. In the past thirty years, the regime of the Islamic Republic has implemented the neoliberal policies dictated by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. This policy together with the criminal, unlimited, and intense economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. imperialists on Iran have created a catastrophic situation in Iran.
However, even in this very difficult situation, the workers and wage earners of Iran have been continuously in the streets. The very recent strikes in oil and chemical industries forced the regime to partially retreat.
What Iranian workers are fighting for is gaining their very basic rights; to increase their wages according to annual inflation, to stop privatisation and closure of the factories, to form independent trade unions in order to defend their livelihood and to have collective bargaining. [In deed not only the workers, but the several strata of the people, especially in the south and south east part of Iran struggle against Iranian government.]
The theocratic regime of the Islamic Republic brutally opposes the formation of any kind of independent workers’ organisations and prevents any possibility of unity of the working class. The working class is aware that this demand has to be imposed on the regime. The workers have no choice but to unite and show solidarity and resist the capitalist exploitation. Any progress in Iran’s labour movement increases the level of consciousness and self-confidence of the workers.
The International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations (CIPOML) expresses its solidarity with the struggles of the workers of Iran against the closure of factories, for wage increases, for the payment of wage arrears and for the right to form independent workers’ organisations. And of course we underline that we support working class of Iran in their social liberation movement as in theirs national liberation. We declare our firm support to the workers of Iran who are struggling in exceptional circumstances and we will use all our means to draw the attention of the peoples of the world to this intolerable situation in Iran.
Long Live the Struggle of the Workers and Peoples of Iran!
For International Solidarity with the Struggle of the Workers of Iran!
27th Plenary Session of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations – CIPOML