There must be widespread support for jailed workers in Iran

This week’s Bread and Roses is on the labour movement in Iran and courageous jailed workers there.
With Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya, and Bahram Soroush
Director: Reza Moradi; Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi

کارگران زندانى بايد بيشترين همبستکى جهانى را با خود داشته باشند
۱۳ اوت ۲۰۱۴
مصاحبه با شهلا دانشفر٬ هماهنگ کننده کمپین برای آزادی کارگران زندانی

There must be widespread support for jailed workers in Iran
12 August 2014
Interview with Shahla Daneshfar, Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran

2 August: Campaign for the release of Reza Shahabi, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh and Shahrokh Zamani

freetheSolidarity pickets have been organised in Sydney, London, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Berlin, Koln, Oslo, Toronto and Gothenburg.

Reza Shahabi, a member of the executive board of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs United Bus Company (Vahed), has been jailed for his part in the great bus workers’ strike in 2006 and in forming the bus workers’ union.

In early June 2014 Shahabi began a hunger strike in protest against his transfer to Rajaee Shahr Prison and demanded to be admitted to hospital for urgent medical care and treatment. After 43 days hunger strike and a global campaign in support of Reza, he was transferred to hospital and the prison authorities have agreed to his demands.

Shahrokh Zamani, another leading worker activist in Iran is under constant threat and pressure in Rajaee Shahr prison, have written a letter to protest their imprisonment.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh has been in prison since June 2010 on a five-year sentence for union activities. Ebrahimzadeh is a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Free Labour Organisations in Iran and a campaigner for children’s rights. He has been subjected to severe tortures during his incarceration.

We call on all trade unions and human rights organisations around the world and all those appalled by the horrific human rights abuse in Iran to support Reza Shahabi, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Shahrokh Zamani and all jailed workers in Iran. All jailed trade unionists and political prisoners must be freed immediately and unconditionally!

Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran

July 12: International Day of Solidarity with Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh

freethemnowJoin the international day of solidarity with jailed labour activists in Iran, in particular Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh who need urgent medical care.

You can download the poster of the jailed workers, take a photo of yourself holding the poster and send it to Fariborz Pooya ( to publicise on New Channel TV.

Join us. Together we must help save their lives.

Urgent Action: Reza Shahabi is dying and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh needs urgent medical care

Labour activist Reza Shahabi, a member of the Executive Committee of Tehran Vahed Bus Company Workers’ Union has been on hunger strike since June 1st in protest to his being transferred to the notorious Rejai-Shahr prison and the consequent denial of his sick leave to receive medical treatment. Reza Shahabi’s FTNOW1health has been deteriorating with severe weight loss; he has loss of more than 12 kilograms.

Shahrokh Zamani, another labour activist and Union member who is in the same prison ward has called for an international campaign in support of Reza Shahabi.

Meanwhile, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a leading workers’ right activist who was kept in solitary confinement in ward 209 of the notorious Evin prison from May 3 to June 29 was allowed to meet his family after pressure; however on the same night, the intelligence services of the Islamic regime of Iran raided his home and interrogated his 15 year old son Nima, who suffers from leukemia and has been under treatment. They furthermore confiscated the child’s PC and other documents. Ebrahimzadeh also suffers from health problems due to tortures inflicted by the regime.

In response to Shahrokh Zamani’s urgent call for action and to protest against the life-threatening situation of Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, we are calling for an international day of action in their support.

We call on all Trade unions and labour organisations, human rights bodies and the public to support this campaign with every means possible.

With this campaign and our support, let us assure Reza Shahabi that we will make sure he is not forgotten and call upon him to end his hunger strike.

Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh must be immediately and unconditionally released and must receive immediate medical treatment. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh must be allowed to be by the side of his ill child.

Here is our Bread and Roses video explaining the situation:

Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran

Iran: Six worker activists arrested; Families stage protests for their release

iwfu-nominatedIn the past ten days, six worker activists have been arrested in the city of Sanandaj in the west of Iran, according to reports by the Free Union of Iranian Workers. The six jailed workers are:

• Vafa Ghaderi
• Seyed Khaled Hosseini
• Ali Azadi
• Behzad Farajollahi
• Hamed Mahmoud Nejad
• Sharif Saed Panah

The first five activists are all from the Co-ordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organisations, and were arrested on 7 March. Sharif Saed Panah is an executive member of the Free Union of Iranian Workers and an organiser of the 30,000-signature pay-rise campaign. He was arrested on 10 March. The activists are being held purely for their union activities.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, for the eighth day running, families of the jailed workers staged a protest outside the Intelligence Ministry, calling for the immediate release of their loved ones. They then marched towards the Provincial Governor’s office to continue their protests there. The families have vowed to continue their protests until all the jailed workers are released.

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Free Them Now! calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the jailed workers and all political prisoners in Iran.
18 March 2013


Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran
Shahla Daneshfar (
Bahram Soroush (

Saturday 26 January: Actions in support of jailed workers in Iran

با تمام قوا در دفاع از کارگران زندانی

لندن (انگلیس)
شنبه ٢٦ ژانویه، ساعت ٢ تا ٤ بعدازظهر
محل: میدان ترافالگار، ضلع شمالی مقابل ناشنال گالری
تلفن تماس: ٠٧٧١٢٨١٠٦٧٥

In solidarity with jailed workers in Iran
London, Saturday 26th January, 2-4pm, Trafalgar Square, North Terrace
(opposite the National Gallery)

 Cologne, Germany کلن (آلمان):
شنبه ٢٦ ژانویه ساعت ٣ تا ٥ بعدازظهر
محل: ميدان دوم پلاته مركز شهر كلن Dom Pallate
تلفن تماس: ٠١٦٣٥٥٩١٥١٩

 Frankfurt, Germany فرانکفورت: [Read more…]