Sunday, May 25, 2008

A state that arrests, detains and flogs workers should not be in the ILO!

When the Communists have it right.
To all labour organisations around the world

The ninety-seventh annual conference of the ILO will be held between May 28 and June 13, 2008. Every year this conference hosts a delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Beside the Islamic Republic, the ILO also recognises Workers’ House and Islamic Workers’ Councils – i.e. organisations made by the regime against workers - as “workers’ organisations from Iran”.

The International Labour Solidarity Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran strongly protests against the participation of the Islamic Republic in the annual conference of the ILO and calls for the expulsion of this regime from the ILO.

Unfortunately, it has been argued that the attendance of the Islamic Republic and its Workers’ House at the annual conferences of the ILO is conducive to dialogue and to pressuring the Islamic Republic to recognise and respect the minimum rights of workers. However, this approach has plainly proved itself wrong. The Islamic Republic continues to arrest and imprison worker activists. It has not recognised any of the basic worker rights such as freedom of association, collective bargaining and the right to strike. Moreover, it has shamelessly added flogging to its techniques of repressing workers. Workers in Iran are right in condemning the ILO for its continued recognition of the Islamic Republic and its delegations.

In the past year alone, hundreds of trade unions around the world called for the release of two Iranian labour leaders, Mansoor Ossanlou and Mahmoud Salehi, and for respect for worker rights in Iran. However, the Islamic Republic has simply ignored these calls. Indeed, as documented by numerous human rights organisations, the atrocities of the regime in Iran against workers and all sections of the people have only intensified. The Islamic regime’s continued membership in organisations such as the ILO has thus become totally indefensible.

Our committee values highly the tremendous solidarity shown by labour organisations throughout the world with workers in Iran. We also believe that a decisive step towards supporting the struggle of the workers in Iran is the isolation of the Islamic Republic on an international scale and its expulsion, together with its Workers’ House, from the ILO. A state that arrests, detains and flogs workers should not be in the ILO! We request all labour organisations around the world to exercise their influence to expel the Islamic Republic of Iran from the ILO.

International Labour Solidarity Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran

Shahla Daneshfar, Coordinator
Bahram Soroush, Public Relations


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you showing the pink. Of course, these people will be the first to go in the revolution. You know that, right?

Back in Iraq, guess who issued a fatwa against selling food to Americans in Iraq?

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani!

Good thing the Iraqis love us, isn't it?

Bill Baar said...

When Sistani labels a force as occupier in Iraq, you sure he means the US and not AQI?

He's used it to refer to AQI before.

Becareful of the Red Herring Fatwas...

Anonymous said...

I know how much you'd like it to be true, but he was referring to us, as in US.

Can you show me a single time that Sistani has either specifically urged cooperation with the US in five years or even met with a US government of occupation official?

Bill Baar said...

Read Bremer's book. He met with him a couple of times. And was cooperative...

I thought Sistani's response to Sadr recently in support of Maliki and the Gov was helpful... Ayatollah Sistani on the Mahdi Army: “the law is the only authority in the country”. Defeating Sadr's militias and the political reconciliarion to do it will go down as a turning point.

So I think Sistani was critical to it.

Crocker was just in Najaf by the way... I can't imagine him going there without Sistani's blessing and wouldn't be surprized if Sistani had met him while there.