Friday, June 19, 2009

Iran Khodro Auto Workers Begin Work Slowdown

Spotted first on Uruknet, this is by Narco News' Al Giordano. His blog, The Field, is where this was posted first. We highly recommend the blog! Also, his fantastic article posted on this weekend's Counterpunch is a great must-read; read it here.

Iran Khodro Auto Workers Begin Work Slowdown to Protest the Regime
by Al Giordano - June 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm

The workers of the Khodro automobile company in Iran today issued the following declaration (translated for The Field from the original Farsi by Iraj Omidvar):
Strike in Iran Khodro:
We declare our solidarity with the movement of the people of Iran.

Autoworker, Fellow Laborers (Laborer Friends): What we witness today, is an insult to the intelligence of the people, and disregard for their votes, the trampling of the principles of the Constitution by the government. It is our duty to join this people's movement.

We the workers of Iran Khodro, Thursday 28/3/88 in each working shift will stop working for half an hour to protest the suppression of students, workers, women, and the Constitution and declare our solidarity with the movement of the people of Iran. The morning and afternoon shifts from 10 to 10:30. The night shift from 3 to 3:30.

Laborers of Iran-Khodor
This announcement - to my knowledge this is the first place it appears in English anywhere - obtained by The Field by the auto workers of the largest automobile producer in Iran, is significant on multiple levels.

The obvious one is that once the workers begin to flex their muscles on the means of production, no illegitimate regime can continue standing.

Another is that it reveals the malicious lie spread by some that the Iranian resistance is an upper class phenomenon restricted to one or two regions for what it is: untrue.

Read the complete report here ...

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