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May Day, nationwide teachers’ protests and arrests in Iran

Qazvin, teachers’ protest on May Day 2022.

The Iranian regime once again showed its fear of the country’s teachers by arresting many of their activists on the night of April 30th. This was yet another intimidation tactic that was meant to deter teachers across Iran from once again protesting against low wages and other basic demands on May Day and Teachers’ Day (May 2nd). The new detainees joined the ranks of many teachers’ activists who were already in jail.

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Haft Tappeh strike: 70th day!

Today, August 23rd 2020, is the 70th day of the latest Haft Tappeh strike. The following is a short statement published on the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company workers’ independent channel on Telegram.

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Second day of teachers’ second two-day nationwide sit-in

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Freedom for teacher union leader Esmail Abdi!

Further to our posting last month on the six year sentence imposed on teacher- trade unionist Esmail Abdi, Labour Start have issued an online petition  which we would urge all to sign. Continue reading

Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign officially launches!

The Campaign was officially launched last week on 20 October in London. The meeting, held at the Head Quarters of the National Union of Teachers heard contributions from a number of speakers from the labour and trade union movement and included veteran Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

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Campaign launch – 20 October, London

imageSince the nuclear deal was signed in July 2015 the fortunes of Iran’s capitalists and the regime’s functionaries have taken off. But all that the workers have seen is the growing gap between them and the rich. Workers are finding the influx of luxury cars and goods hard to bear when their children are going hungry! Inevitably workers’ protests and strikes have grown steadily in recent months.

To keep the legitimate demands and protests of workers (as well as women, national and religious minorities, the youth, the disabled, LGBTQ people, writers, artists and the vast majority of the population) under control state repression has been stepped up. E.g., protests against layoffs at Agh Darreh ended with 17 gold miners being flogged (!

The Iranian regime considers those who organise labour organisations, illegal May Day celebrations and similar activities as having “endangered national security”. These activists are thrown into medieval dungeons, where torture and other types of abuse are routinely used to cow them. And those who are defiant even in jail, like Shahrokh Zamani, a painter who tried to organise an independent trade union, can end up dead. (

International solidarity can help Iranian workers realise all their economic and political demands more quickly. There is now an urgent need for an effective solidarity movement that can support Iranian workers in their struggles. Help us build this solidarity movement. Support and publicise the launch meeting of the Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign.

7pm – 9pm – 20 October – Hamilton House (NUT), Mabledon Place, London

Speakers confirmed:

Morad Shirin- Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network.

Peter Tatchell- Human rights campaigner.

Rhea Wolfson- Labour Party NEC member and GMB activist.

Rida Vaquas – Young Labour.

Henry Chango Lopez- President, IWGB Union.

Speakers in personal capacity unless otherwise stated.


London Picket of Iranian regime’s embassy: Video (in farsi)

Video clips from the picket on 13 September 2016 in front of the IRI embassy in London on the anniversary of Shahrokh Zamani’s death in prison in the hands of the Iranian regime.

One year on- Long Live Shahrokh Zamani!


Supporters of the Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign gathered at the Iranian regime’s London embassy today. We were commemorating the life of Shahrokh a year on from his death in prison and standing in solidarity with all Iranian workers and youth struggling for the right to organise, for democracy and freedom from repression.

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Model motion for Trade Union branches etc.

Below is a model motion. Please amend as necessary and use it to raise the issues your union branch/political party/organisation.

If you would like to invite a speaker from the campaign to your meeting(s) please get in touch with us via

Please report back from your meeting(s) via

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Join our action mailing list

We are building mailing lists so that we can call supporters to protest and solidarity actions such as pickets at the IRI embassy in London, sometimes at short notice. Please forward your email address and/or mobile phone number to and we will add you today.