The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network issued the following statement:

Jan 16, 2006

“At 6 AM on December 22, 2005 Information Ministry personnel produced a search warrant at the home of Mr. Mansour Ossanlou (the leader of the Steering Committee of the Vahed Bus Company Trade Union). After carrying out a search, they arrested Mr. Ossanlou and took him to an undisclosed place. At the same time, other members of the Steering Committee were also arrested and are still in custody.

We strongly condemn this anti-trade union and anti-working class act by the Iranian authorities who have yet again targeted this pioneering trade union. Not satisfied with using their thugs from the Islamic Labor Council to beat up these trade unionists and smash their offices, the regime is using all official and ‘legal’ means at its disposal to stop the unyielding drive by the Vahed workers to build an independent union.”