Iran: teachers and retirees take to the streets in 17 cities
On Sunday October 3, citizens from different walks of life took to the streets of 17 cities in Iran, according to the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance (NCRI). Teachers and retirees have organized rallies in various cities with similar slogans and demands, which show deep solidarity between these protesters.
Teachers protest officials’ indifference to livelihood dilemmas
Hundreds of teachers held rallies in front of provincial and local education departments in Isfahan, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Kerman, Bandar Abbas, Zanjan and Darab. In the capital Tehran, they gathered in front of the Parliament (Majlis) and continued their protest despite the strong presence of security forces and their threats.
In particular, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (VEVAK) had already warned teachers to try to prevent any gathering. However, rebel protesters gathered and shouted their desires, showing their determination to realize their inherent rights.
“Teachers demand your rights,” “We don’t want empty promises”, “Livelihoods are our inalienable right” and “Free education is our children’s right,” the teachers chanted, calling on officials to pay proper attention to their miserable life. conditions.
In their protests, the teachers called on the authorities to implement the classification plan, which had already been adopted by the Majlis to lessen the anger of the teachers. According to the plan, officials are expected to adjust teachers’ salaries based on their experience and working conditions.
“The government and parliament are obliged to approve this initiative. If this initiative is approved and implemented, the legal basis for teachers’ salaries will be at least 80% of that of faculty members, as teachers and board members should receive equal salaries ”, The Iranian Teachers Coordinating Council said in a statement. at the start of the new school year.
However, authorities have yet to implement the plan, prompting teachers to protest. “Enforce your own laws,” said one of the protesters outside the Majlis.
The government has put teachers in a difficult position by keeping their salaries low. Iran’s poverty line is 120 million rials [about $437 per month]. Yet many teachers receive only a fraction of that amount, reported the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK).
Retirees protest officials failing to adjust pensions to the rate of inflation
Retirees and pension recipients affiliated with the Social Security Organization held rallies in front of the organization’s provincial and local offices in Tehran, Mashhad, Tabriz, Khorramabad, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Qazvin, Arak, Borujerd, Kermanshah , Karaj and Rasht.
Speaking to officials, the retirees chanted slogans, expressing their anger at the government’s failure to resolve their dilemmas and adjust their pensions in the face of the skyrocketing inflation rate.
“Be afraid, we are all united”, “Pensioners will die, but they will not accept humiliation”, “Our plates are empty, enough empty promises”, “Inflation and high prices are like a plague in people’s lives “,” Retirees are aware of and hate discrimination, “and” the demand of retirees is to receive pensions commensurate with inflation, “chanted retirees.
Steel industry retirees protest against failed steel industry officials’ pension increases
In addition, retirees affiliated to the steel industry once again gathered in front of the Retirees Fund in Ahvaz and Khuzestan. They criticized officials for breaking their promises and adjusting retirees’ pensions according to the rate of inflation.
NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi praised the freedom-loving teachers and retirees, who have raised their voices for inherent rights in various cities of Iran.
For years, the mullahs squandered the goods and properties of the vast majority of the Iranian people on repression, wars, terrorism, and missile and nuclear programs. They only brought oppression, discrimination, poverty, unemployment and inflation to the people.
– Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 3, 2021
“Resistance, uprising and overthrowing religious fascism is the only way to realize the rights of pensioners, teachers and workers. The mullahs squandered the goods and properties of the vast majority of Iranians on repression, warmongering, terrorism, missiles and nuclear programs, and brought them only oppression, discrimination, poverty, unemployment and inflation, ”Ms. Rajavi said.