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۱۳۹۳ مهر ۸, سه‌شنبه

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Islamic Republic Government’s Plan for Legalization of Mandatory Work

Indicating that “at present 200 thousand unemployed workers are covered by the Unemployment Insurance Fund”, to cover the six million unemployed as reported by Minister of Labor Ali Rabieih, on September 1, 2014, Mehr News Agency reported of a “new method of implementation at the Unemployment Insurance Fund.” The report indicated, “The new method seeks to avoid paying the unemployed…..In the new method there are cases which are in violation…… of the International Labor Organizations’ Conventions …….. One of these cases is forcing people to accept certain jobs suggested by the Unemployment Insurance Fund…… These actions could be portrayal of the mandatory work.”   

Exporting of Work Force to Foreign Countries, Islamic Republic’s Solution for the Unemployment Crisis

During more than a year since the Rouhani government has been in power, on numerous occasions Minister of Labor and other government authorities have spoken of their programs for “Job Creation”. While on August 10, 2014, Rouhani indicated, “Unemployment statistics in the country are shocking;” on several occasions, Minster of Labor Ali Rabieih has emphasized, ”There are two million job opportunities in the country that no one is willing to take them”; and on August 14, 2014, Rabieih also mentioned, “In Yazd, people do not want to work in industrial plants.” However, during his trip to Kazakhstan, on September 10, 2014, Ali Rabieih announced Islamic Republic’s readiness for “expansion of cooperation in exporting work-force…..training of house duties …… and taking care of the disabled.” On September 10, 2014, pointing to the repeated statements of Rouhani and his cabinet members regarding the unemployment crisis, Mehr News Agency reported, “Still no official employment policy has been approved or implemented.” Because of having an abundance of experience in repressing Iranian labor-union movement, Islamic Republic is providing advice to Kazakhstan’s government for suppression of Kazakhstan’s labor-union movement (ZHANAR), as well.          

“Reform” of the Labor Law to Make Dismissal of Workers Easier

Ahmadinejad government tried to “reform” the Labor Law in order to increase the managers’ authority and say-so. But, because of labor’s opposition, Ahmadinejad’s anti-worker project did not succeed. Recently, the anti-labor government of Rouhani has also started that project. In a conversation with the Mehr News Agency, on September 6, 2014, a Board of Directors member of the High Center for Iranian Workers’ Trade Associations reported of “article by article review of the Labor Law for new reforms.” While “emphasizing on increasing the management’s authority and allowing for easy dismissal of the workers as goals of the reform”, the Board member added, “There are hands at work which are not allowing the creation of a complete information bank for the workers.”


Sources: Islamic Republic’s Labor News Agency (ILANA) and Mehr News Agency