She recalled the many instances of workers protesting the mullahs’ parliament and other government offices, stating that the regime is “the prime advocate of exploitation.”
Mrs Rajavi blames corruption and foul play among the regime, responsible for the shutdown of 60% of industrial centres across Iran and 166,000 industrialist workers losing their job in the past two years. The mullahs’ regime does not recognise any labour organisation or Trade Union, making it impossible for workers to gain representation within the regime, the NCRI claims “members and representatives of labour organisation beyond the control of the regime are continually subjected to arrest and torture.”
Due to rising prices and falling wages, as well as a minimum wage of only a dollar an hour, Mrs Rajavi claims the Iranian workers’ purchasing power has dropped 187% since 2009. In addition to their poor wages, Iranian workers suffer from a severe lack of job security, where even twenty years of experience does not guarantee that one will keep their place. According to the Labour Ministry, 93% of Iran’s workers operate under temporary contracts which guarantees them no future work after it has expired.
The NCRI casts the blame on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and their monopoly of the nation’s companies and organisations, giving the power to the mullahs’ regime to exploit their employees at their will, as well as shut down more than half of the country’s production units of non-monopolised productions.
While the regime’s stance on labour and workers’ rights seems clear, Maryam Rajavi called upon the Iranian working community in occasion of the International Workers Day to come together and unite against a regime that does not listen to their plight, praising worker’s unity as a source for change within the nation.