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15 Jul 2022

Radio Free Europe

Iran: About 20 mining workers arrested in East Azerbaijan following a strike by hundreds of miners demanding improved working conditions and better pay

"Iranian Miners Reportedly Arrested Following Strike" 14 July 2022

The Free Union of Iranian Workers announced on July 13 that about 20 workers from the Sungun copper mine in East Azerbaijan Province have been arrested over the past few days.

The arrests came after riot police on July 7 broke up a strike by hundreds of miners at the country's largest open-pit copper mine. Miners spent three days in tents and cars at the mine complex, demanding better conditions and higher salaries.

The union said the mine's management cooperated with the security agencies in carrying out these arrests...

Labor protests in Iran have been on the rise in response to declining living standards, wage arrears, and a lack of insurance support. The labor law in Iran does not recognize the right of workers to form independent unions...