Last week Lewisham National Union of Teachers association passed a motion in support of Shahrokh and Reza. Earlier in November Southwark NUT did the same.
Thank you to those teachers for their support.
Will you consider getting your trade union or student union to do the same, use the model motions below and let us know if you do!
Shahrokh and Reza trade union model motion
Student union motion Shahrokh and Reza
Motion passed by Lewisham NUT
FREE SHAHROKH ZAMANI AND REZA SHAHABI
This branch notes
1. That Shahrokh Zamani of the Tehran painters’ union has been in prison since the start of 2012, and Reza Shahabi of the Tehran bus workers’ union since 2010, on charges of “acting against national security by establishing or membership
of groups opposed to the system” – ie working to establish independent trade unions.
2. That both have suffered severe mistreatment, torture and denial of medical facilities in prison.
3. That both have gone on hunger strike in protest at their own treatment but also the treatment of other prisoners.
This branch believes
1. That more than three decades after Iranian workers toppled the Shah’s brutal dictatorship, they are repressed by a similarly despotic regime.
2. That the Islamic Republic of Iran represses any attempt to set up independent unions or organise strikes. Beatings, (often unlawful) arrest and torture are routinely used against labour activists.
3. That despite this Iranian workers continue to struggle. September and October 2014 saw important struggles by iron ore, car, ceramics and sugar workers.
4. That Western-imposed economic sanctions against Iran are making the situation for Iranian workers harder, both economically and politically.
The union branch resolves:
1. To circulate information about the campaign to free Shahrokh and Reza to our members in our newsletter and on our website.
2. To encourage members to sign the petition and write to their MP asking them to sign the EDM tabled by John
3. To invite a speaker from the Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network and make a donation of £50.
4. To issue a short statement and organise a video message to show solidarity.