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Iran: Workers at Khatton Abad Copper Mines detained following protest

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3 February 2016

IndustriALL demands Iranian government release 28 copper mine workers

Author: IndustriALL Global Union (Switzerland)

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the government of Iran to immediately release 28 workers arrested on 26 January.... [W]orkers from Khatton Abad Copper Mines [part of National Iranian Copper Industries], were seized after taking part in a peaceful demonstration demanding the reinstatement of 170 contract workers who had been promised permanent positions...Many Khatoon Abad workers have been on temporary contracts for several years and their efforts to achieve better job security and wages have led to minimal results. Workers in Iran are particularly vulnerable to attack as trade unions are outlawed in the country. 

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3 February 2016

IndustriALL letter to the Government of Iran urges immediate release of 28 mine workers

Author: IndutriALL Global Union (Switzerland)

[In a letter to the government of Iran], IndustriALL call[s] on the Government of Iran to intervene immediately at the Khatoon Abad Copper Mines [part of the National Iranian Copper Mines] to help secure the release of 28 workers, who were arrested during a peaceful demonstration calling for the reinstatement of 170 contract workers...[IndustriALL says it is] imperative that the National Iranian Industries Company grant the contract workers their promised permanent positions...[IndustriALL] urges the Government of Iran to ratify ILO Convention 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, and ILO Convention 98 on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining.

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