Statement of Campaign in Defence of Bus Company Workers of Sherkat Vahed
For further information see full account on Laborstart site.On Monday May 9, 2005, a mob of about 300 thugs of Labour House and Islamic Councils raided the meeting place of the newly formed Union of Bus Workers of Sherkat Vahed in Tehran. They smashed windows and doors, tore up documents and attacked Union members. The raid took place in presence of the Islamic Republic’s Security Forces. During this attack, Mr Mansoor Osanlo was hit so badly that he needed stitches to his tongue and neck at the hospital, before being taken away for questioning by the Security Forces.
Although they have taken a more covered-up approach in the recent years, the Labour House and Islamic Councils thugs are well known for their role in suppression of workers. This time again with the formation of an organisation, the thugs attacked workers with batons and knives.
Among the mob there were such people as Hasan Sadeghi (Head of Co-ordinating Committee of Islamic councils of the County), Abbar Eyvazi (Labour House), Hasan Bahrami, Eskandar Nasiri, Mahdavi Khah, Alireza Ahmadi, Sarvandi and Jalal Saeed Manesh (from the Islamic Council of Sherkat Vahed bus company) and Amani (Security of Sherkat Vahed).
The thugs of the Islamic Councils and Labour House were widely used in early years of the Islamic Republic’s rule whenever the Islamic Republic considered them more appropriate than Security Forces to confront workers. The use of thugs so openly, indicates that the regime does not see direct confrontation with workers in its benefit.
The Campaign in Defence of Union of Sherkat Vahed Bus Company intends to gather wise scale support for the bus workers. We urge all trade unions, human rights and workers organisations to support bus workers and put pressure on the ILO to enlist the Labour House and the Islamic Councils as anti-worker organisations.
Spokesperson of the Campaign in Defence of Bus Company Workers
Campaign in Defence of Bus Company Workers
Griffenfeldsgade 41, 2200 kbh. N
Please send letters of protest to:
Mr Seyd Mohammad Khatami
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection