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Iran Focus

London, 31 Oct - A member of the Iranian Regime’s parliament has addressed that there is a major crisis facing porters (kolbars) in Iran that is resulting in the deaths of many.

Rassoul Khezri told a state-run news agency on October 28 that there are some 75,000 people in Iran who are working as porters- many of whom are students- and risking their lives for a pittance.

A porter will carry goods across the Iranian border through mountainous areas on their back (as in many instances, no vehicle could make the journey) in order to make a living. It is believed to be very widespread amongst students in border towns, as assessed by Ali Mohammad Zadeh, a teacher.

By Jubin Katiraie

Following a call from the Workers' Union of Tehran and Suburb Bus Company to attend a gathering in protest of the imprisonment of Reza Shahabi, members of this union, and a group of workers, students and teachers participated in the gathering.

At the gathering, which was held on Monday morning September 25 in front of the Ministry of Labor, participants protested Mr. Shahabi's continued imprisonment and called for his immediate release.

Iran Focus

London, 22 Aug - A protest rally in front of majlis (Iran’s parliament) in Tehran, was held on Tuesday, August 22, in which many retired teachers and other government pensioners attended, the local media reported.

Hundreds of protesters were present in today’s demonstration, several workers’ syndicates and unions stated.

By Pooya Stone

According to the standards of International Labour Organization (ILO), the unemployment situation in Iran is at a critical situation. Head of the Centre for Strategic Information and Statistics of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Cooperation, Labour and Social Welfare, said on Monday, August 28.

According to the state-run ‘Mehr news agency’ on August 28, Nematollah Mirfalah Nasiri added: “Unemployment will reach a crisis when the unemployment in the youth age group in a country becomes more than double the general unemployment rate.”

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