Iranian workers' mass protests undermine government's authority

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Welcome to the first program of Asia Pacific Currents of 2018.

The explosion of working-class protests in Iran in late December 2017 caught many people by surprise. The reality thought has been that inequality and poverty have been increasing in Iran for many years.

Even though independent unions are not allowed and labour protests are often heavily repressed, Iranian workers have continued to organize and demand better working conditions and a right to organize.

APC interviews Bahman Yusufi, an Iranian labour solidarity activist living in Melbourne, Australia, about how working-class people are central to these protests, how the protests are organized and what we can expect for the rest of 2018.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

Image: Wikipedia -  Working class protests in Kermanshah, December 2017

 

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