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Minister of Labor, Ali Rabieih’s Claims; what is the Truth?!

Recently, during a government ceremony, Ali Rabieih, Islamic Republic’s eleventh government’s Minister of Labor, Cooperation and Social Welfare made some comments and claims; to make some aspects of his activities and background clear, it is fitting to provide a short response to those claims.   

On February 8, 2014, quoting Rabieih, ILAN, Islamic Republic’s Labor News-Agency reported, “I was a worker where with the blessings of the revolution became a minister…. During Shah poor people had no chance of transmission between social and political strata….. I was a factory worker, but I am a Minister now.”

Ali Rabieih knows well, how and with what kind of background in Islamic Republic he received the ministry post. To know him and others, who with the blessings of the defeat of the revolution and establishment of a government counter to the main goals of the revolution, have received ministry and premiership posts, recounting the background of the Minister of Labor is useful.

In early days after the triumph of the revolution, Ali Rabieih, together with Ali Reza Mahjob, and another individual called Daneshmand, where these days one can find him in the Commerce House, were among the Islamic Republic’s macebearers, who acted as saboteurs against the independent labor organizations. Their activities inside the Worker’s House also included identification and arrest of the well-known labor-unionists. Those days, along with monopolization and threatening of the independent organization in the Worker’s House, Ali Rabieih was soon absorbed into information and security organizations as well. Within the security organizations he worked with the name “Brother Abad”; and during the bloody decade of the Eighties, he had an effective presence in one of the Islamic Revolution Prosecutor’s branches. In interrogation of some of the labor-unionists, such as Hassan Jalally and Hedayat Moalem, in a branch designated for the labor problems in the Evin Prison and the “Joint Committee”, during the years of 1982-1984, he played the main role. With the launch of the Ministry of Information, Ali Rabieih became one of the deputies of this repressive security agency. During the Nineties, together with Hosein Kamali, he was one of the architects and designers of the temporary-contracts; where workers rightfully consider such contracts and remember their initiators with revulsion. Let’s not forget that during the Eighties, during the period of bloody repression, in organizing attacks against the labor-syndicate centers such as the “Association of Solidarity with Syndicates” and “Tehran and Suburb Workers’ Councils”, Ali Rabieih had the leading role. He is one of the architects of the “Islamic Labor Centers”; centers that severely violate and step-on the workers’ trade-union rights. He was considered as an infatuated supporter of the “syndicate is ungodly” slogan; and the initiative of cleansing the Worker’s House from honest and conscious labor activists in early Eighties belong to him. Following his and Hosein Kamali’s success in inserting temporary-contracts within the “laws”, because of his background in security and labor-syndicates’ repression, for some time along with Mohammad Javad Larijani, he “served” as a Secretary for the High National Security Council. With such background, one can realize how, why and with what kind of report-card he has reached the ministry rank; and in the position of a Minister, who he is serving, and he has secured and securing what kind of peoples’ interests.