The cries of the workers have reached the heavens. The government must withdraw the bill of amendment to the labor law

A labor activist says that the recent speeches of the minister of labor about withdrawing of the bill of amendment to the labor law indicate the unawareness of the authorities of this ministry of the depth of discontent of the workers.

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Announcing this news, “Faramarz Tofighi” told ILNA(1): During the recent months the workers continuously and persistently have demanded the withdrawal of the bill of amendment to the labor law and it is surprising that even after signing a variety of scrolls and statements by the workers and their union representatives, still the authorities of the ministry of labor leave the withdrawal of this bill pending to the consensus of the working community.

none of the authorities of both the previous and the current government have been willing to talk with workers and employers about the controversial issues of the bill of amendment to the labor law.

Explaining that the cries of the workers have reached the heavens, he added: so many times of demanding the withdrawal of the bill of amendment to the labor law, the workers have gotten tired and discouraged, the reactionary and anti-worker content of the provisions of this bill is not covered to anybody and it is surprising that no measures were taken to stop checking this bill in the parliament.

Stating that probably there might be glimpses of the frame of thinking of the economic directors of the previous government in the eleventh government, too, he said no wonder that checking the defective bill of amendment to the labor law has resumed again by the same flow of thinking. Defending his opinion, this labor activist said: they say that the bill was developed by the previous government, even if this claim may be true, why should such kind of bill be sent to the parliament by the authorities who are serious critics of their previous colleagues’ actions?

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Tofighi considered the identical objections of both the current and the previous government by their employer’s and employee’s partners as another reason to confirm his claims and added: none of the authorities of both the previous and the current government have been willing to talk with workers and employers about the controversial issues of the bill of amendment to the labor law.

Noting the contradiction between the bill of amendment to the labor law and the third, fourth, fifth plans of development, Tofighi then said: the terms of amending the labor law have been clearly defined in these three plans but both the previous and the current government caused the discontent of workers by bypassing these legal terms.

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Noting the approval of the bill of amendment to the labor law in the expediency discernment council of the system, this labor union activist reiterated: the resolutions of this council cannot be violated by the governments, therefore, the government had better not waste the time of the parliament to check this bill and instead the government must try to reinforce the importance of its social partners.

(1) Iranian Labor News Agency