Tell The Tyrants In Tehran: "The World Is Watching."
Four global union organisations representing over 170 million workers have formed a coalition to focus the world's attention on the ongoing persecution of trade unionists in Iran. The coalition is calling on unions to mobilize their members on June 26 for rallies outside Iranian embassies and consulates around the world.
Its immediate demands are for the unconditional release of all jailed trade unionists in Iran, including Mansour Osanloo, Ebrahim Madadi, Farzad Kamangar and leadership of the Haft Tapeh Sugarworkers’ Union, as well as the trade unionists arrested in Tehran on May Day.
Says Guy Ryder, ITUC General Secretary: "We have exhausted all avenues of reasonable dialogue to persuade the government of Iran to allow basic human and trade union rights. Their answer has been repression and arrests. Given this failure we must take to the streets to demonstrate that the world is watching what they are doing and what is happening to our colleagues within the country."
The ITF and ITUC are also leading the movement to rebuild bridges between Palestinian and Israeli workers, through Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine (TULIP).