Esmail Bakhshi, the jailed union rep of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers in south-west Iran, and Sepideh Ghalian, an activist who has supported the workers, have been badly beaten in prison. After visiting them, their families have reported that both have been tortured and are in serious distress.
Four of the striking Haft Tappeh sugar cane workers in south-west Iran were arrested on 18 November. Three were then released, but Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Ghalian are still locked up. On 27 November, the Haft Tappeh workers gathered in front of Shush County Hall demanding the release of Bakhshi and Ghalian. They have listed their other demands as:
1. Handing over the company from private sector to the state;
2. Payment of all unpaid wages (and benefits and bonuses);
3. Implementation of the job classification schedule;
4. Other trade union demands.
National Steel Industrial Group (INSIG) steelworkers in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province, about 100km south of Shush, are also on strike, over unpaid wages, and the two groups of strikers have supported each other.