Iran: Thousands of hungry workers go on strike

Thousands of unpaid Haft Tapeh sugar cane factory workers in Shoush in the Khuzestan province in Iran started a strike last week. Government sent security forces to repress the workers but strike continues. Several bloggers covered this event, and other related stories of difficult conditions of labor activists.

Kaargar (means worker) says[Fa] that thousands of Haft Tapeh sugar cane factory in Khouzestan province started strike on Saturday 27th September. The blog adds that one of the upaid workers’ slogan was “Haftapeh workers are hungry”. The blogger adds the number of workers was around 3000 and they wanted to demonstrate in front of governor's office but police stopped them.

The blogger writes that Haft Tapeh workers have striked before and each time the government gave them promises but never kept them.

Kaargar adds[Fa] that:

… on the fourth day of striking and demonstrating, some other workers from Dezfoul sugar can factory who had lost their jobs, joined the Haft Tapeh workers. The workers chanted, ‘our salary is our absolute right’ (the Iranian government's slogan is ‘nuclear energy is our absolute right’).

Workers-1may says that on September 12th, all 5000 workers of Haft Tapeh in a letter announced their decision to start a strike. The blogger says in last months, workers negotiated with Iranian officials, but each time just received empty promises.The blog says that workers also sent a letter to ILO.


Kaargar adds [Fa] that security forces attacked several workers and injured 10 of them. A worker activist, Ferydoun Nikofard, was arrested at his home.

Pejvakezendanyan (means echo of prisoners) says [Fa] that after two days of striking, Iranian intelligence agents started to put pressure on workers and threaten them with severe punishment. The blog says when the workers are not paid and are threatened, it is time that the International Labour Organization should intervene.

Workers in chains

Kargaran (means Workers) informs [Fa] us that Haft Tapeh workers are not the only ones in trouble. The blog has published a video film of Mahmoud Salehi, a labor activist in Kurdistan, who is in prison. He was shown in the video film with handcuffs in hospital!


  • Peter

    I wish the factory owners would stop being ***holes and pay their workers. All of our lives would be so much better if we simply treat other people with respect.

  • I am from American and watch day after day as my government interferres in other countries’ affairs,yet where are they when something like this is going on?This is outrageous.If people would extend the love of their creator given to them,to other humans,we would not have such things going on.It makes you feel hopeless,you don’t know what to do.Any suggestions?

  • Mac

    The problem has been caused by incorrect policies of Trade Ministry in allowing excessive imports of sugar.

    This is one of the biggest sugar factories in Iran which has not been able to compete with low imported sugar prices and now has come to serious financial problems.

    They can either pay and release those workers or pay them late and keep them with the hope that Trade ministry will not allow more imports and they can sell.

  • […] Democrat informs[Fa] that Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers who started a strike on 27 September,finally received their unpaid salaries. Share […]

  • for mor information about Iranian worker activist (Mahmoud Salehi) please see the link below.please see the link below:

Join the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.