Solidarity with Iran’s striking sugar factory workers!

Daniel Forrest, is a member of the YCL in the North East

Workers of the Haft Tappeh sugarcane factory in Shush, Iran, have demonstrated an iron will and resolve as they have now been on strike for well over a month at the time of publication (21 July 2020).

Class struggle at the factory reached a tipping point when the already downtrodden workers went nearly three months without wages, placing incredible strain on their already suffering families. This combined with the promising socialistic demand for the factory to be re-nationalised brought workers heroically out onto the streets, facing the danger which open defiance to the theocratic regime presents in Iran. 

Other demands of the strikers include improved conditions as well as the reinstatement of trade union leaders who were given the sack for their roles within the union.

All good trade unionists and socialists should stand in solidarity with the striking workers of Iran in their fight for nationalisation and for the common decency of receiving pay for their sweat and toil on time. 

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations offered solidarity to the strikers and called on the government to pay the workers’ wages.

The current trend of increasing trade union membership combined with frequent strike action and growing socialist movements around the world will only heighten the class war being raged across the globe, with Iran being no exception to this rule.

The workers united will never be defeated, and with this unity the fist of the working class will shatter the anti worker theocratic regime of Iran, and all other reactionary regimes that plague the workers of the world.

Daniel Forrest

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