Iranian authorities are targeting labor activists in recent weeks for organizing and conducting protests. On November 13th, Teachers Unions organized a walkout across Iran to protest insufficient salaries due to high inflation. It was the second organized walkout since the beginning of the school year in September.
Iranian authorities are punishing teachers and labor activists for exercising their collective bargaining rights and conducting peaceful protests that are essential freedoms for all workers. The Teachers Union reported the authorities have arrested at least 12 teachers since November 11th and interrogated at least 30 more. After the first walkout, authorities arrested a prominent Teachers Union member and held him in a psychiatric hospital until November 19.
The recent crackdown on labor activists has extended to the private sector. On November 18th, The Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Syndicate reported authorities arrested all members of the association of labor representatives for the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane company.