Iranian workers protest privatization of power plant
Tehran, Iran, June 8
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Over 200 workers at the Tabriz Power Plant in northwestern Iran held a demonstration at the headquarters of the East Azerbaijan province's Power Production Company June 7.
The workers complained about the government resuming measures to privatize the company and raised voice over their unpaid overtime and other benefits, ILNA news agency reported June 8.
The workers were worried that the privatization of the company would endanger their jobs.
They were quoted as saying that during a last month visit of the province by President Hassan Rouhani, the province's representatives to the Parliament asked the president to revoke measures to privatize the company.
This year a large crowd of Iranian workers held a Workers' Day march on Friday.
The demonstrators held a congregation in front of the House of Workers downtown Tehran before they started their march on May 1.
The day had not been celebrated in Iran for 8 years.
The workers also demanded fuller protection by insurance plans, work safety, and healthcare services.
Especially in the private sector, Iranian workers have been frequently calling for more suitable work conditions and protection.
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