Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

February 01, 2006 15:52 ET

Canadian Labour Protests Iran's Attack on Workers: Barbara Byers to Attend Ottawa Protest Rally at Iranian Embassy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 1, 2006) - Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice-President, Barbara Byers, will attend a protest rally in front of the Iranian Embassy in solidarity with the Tehran public transit workers whose strike is being crushed by Iranian authorities.

Byers who sits as a workers' representative on the executive body of the International Labour Organization deplores the harsh repression of the bus workers and their unions: "like trade unionists all over the world, we are very concerned about how the government triggered an escalation of violence in the labour dispute at the Vahed Bus Company. Moreover, we denounce as totally unacceptable the repression of legitimate workers' demands."

When: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 2, 2006

Where: In Front of the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa
(245 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa)

"The right to join a union and the right to strike are basic human
rights," Barbara Byers reminds us all.

On January 28, 2006, the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company organized a strike to demand the release of its president, Mansour Osanloo, recognition of the union, and the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement. The government and the public transit company responded by dispatching thousands of security forces, armed forces using tear gas, batons, and threats to shoot the strikers. Hundreds have been arrested at their homes, including in many cases spouses and children.

The rally is organized by the Committee for the Defence of Workers in Iran-Canada.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils.

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