Via one of my favorite blogs, Brain Police, this primer on US – Iranian relations:
So in 1953 we screwed the Iranian people out of a democracy so a British company could keep stealing their oil. Now it’s bad for us and really bad for the Iranians. Especially Iranian workers:
As you probably know, the Iranian government has been arresting workers who have stood up and tried to organize unions — including Mansour Osanloo and Mahmoud Salehi, who both languish in jails despite continuing health problems.
This repression is in violation of International Labour Organization core conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — the 60th anniversary of which we observe this year. That Declaration states that “everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.” (via Labour Start)
Making war on Iran won’t help Iranian workers. It will only further entrench their oppressors and make victims of innocent working people. The international labor movement is telling us about the abridgment of freedom for workers in Iran. You can tell the Iranian government to respect workers’ rights:
If you are an American it’s the least you can do after screwing them in 1953.