Human Rights, Solidarity with Workers

Workers of the Ahwaz Sugar Factory Protest in Demand of 18 Months’ Worth of Unpaid Wages

(photo from archives)

Iran – Ahwaz, 28 October 2012. Workers of the Ahwaz Sugar Factory have gathered outside the governor’s office in protest. 60 workers and their families are participating in this protest action. Workers demand their 18 months’ worth of unpaid wages and benefits. The ownership of Ahwaz Sugar factory, which has a 250 ton capacity, was transferred to a bank 4 years ago. Its production was halted until further notice, and its workers, with the exception of maintenance and mechanics workers (who are also protesting now) were laid off. Prior to becoming a subject of mismanagement by the government and a victim of the banks’ opportunism, this factory employed 500 workers directly and 2000 workers indirectly, and was considered one of most important factories in Ahwaz (ref).

The following is a short report on this protest action, published by the Iranian Free Workers’ Union:

تجمع کارگران کارخانه قند اهوازهمراه با خانواده مقابل استانداری خوزستان در اعتراض به مطالبات معوقه خود

به گزارش6آبان فارس،بیش از 60 نفر از کارگران کارخانه قند اهواز ، به همراه اعضای خانواده خود در اعتراض به پرداخت نشدن حقوق و مزایایشان،مقابل استانداری خوزستان تجمع کرده و خواستار عملی شدن وعده‌های داده شده از سوی مسئولان شدند.

بنا بهمین گزارش،کارخانه تصفیه قند اهواز به دلیل مشکلات مالی از سال 87 به بانک واگذار شده و تعدادی از کارگران آن اخراج شده‌اند. تعداد دیگری از کارگران که به صورت نگهبان یا مکانیک هنوز مشغول کار هستند بیش از 18 ماه است که حقوق نگرفته‌اند.

این کارخانه چند مصوبه هیئت دولت و ستاد تسهیل و پشتیبانی صنایع را داراست.

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