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Letter From a Striking Oil Worker in Iran

Below is a brief note from a striking worker, Mahmoud from Assaluyeh. Not only is it a good illustration of how the leading strikers in Iran today are thinking and how their discussions are shaping up, it also gives us an insight into the potential of the working class movement when we see how far the workers have advanced. It is a window into the future, showing what could be created, not only throughout Iran but also beyond.

The Struggle of the Iranian Oil Workers Goes On

Following our last report on the Iranian oil workers' strike, when the strike had reached its 81st day (it started on 19 June 2021), on 12 September, the Council for Organising Protests by Oil Contract Workers issued statement no. 20, under the title of "What have been our achievements?", which we are publishing here. However, since then there have been reports that sections of striking workers are going back on strike.

Iran: Oil Workers Reject Trade Unions

In the capitalist world, whatever the subject, it naturally only hits the headlines if the rulers of all factions are in control of it. If the news is about a war, climate change, economic downturn, regime change, elections, protests, immigration, in fact any issue where the working class as a class is absent, so it can be manipulated in a way that suits the ruling class, then not only is it covered by mass media, it also grabs the attention of “independent” media and journalists. They usually follow it up with tedious discussions, seminars, films and even more news.

Iran: On Oil and Troubled Water

As we write, comrades are translating the bulletins emerging from the struggles of the oil workers’ strike committee in Iran which have now been ongoing for two months. They can be found on our website (and we publish Statement No. 12 below). The oil workers are not alone.

Iranian Oil Workers Strike Update

52 days have gone by since the start of the strike, which began when thousands of Iranian oil workers downed tools on 19 June and walked off oilfields across Iran. The Council for Organising Protests by Oil Contract Workers has issued 11 statements so far. In our previous article we published parts of their first 6 statements (see leftcom.org) as well as giving a short explanation of their full context.

Iranian Oil and Petrochemical Workers' Strikes Go On

Since Saturday, 19 June, thousands of workers at oil and gas projects and petrochemical plants have been on strike across the country in several provinces. They are coordinating their action under the title of Strike Campaign 1400, which refers to the current year in the Iranian calendar. The number of industrial centres that have participated in this strike is reported to have reached more than 100 units in 10 provinces and the number of workers on strike has passed 105,000. Significantly, there has been very little news coverage of these massive strikes, both in the domestic and foreign media but the strikes are still going on as we write.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power? Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

Striking workers in matamoros

Two months after workers launched wildcat strikes in the Mexican city of Matamoros, 89 “maquiladora” factories, mostly in the auto parts, electric, and metallurgical industries, have agreed to workers’ demands for a 20 percent raise and a bonus of 32,000 pesos (US$1,655)—half of the average yearly salary. The strike wave has become known across Mexico as the “20/32 movement.”

意大利菲亚特铸造厂1963年的野猫斗争

Parable of the good boss, the good unionist, and the wicked worker

意大利1960年代“工人主义”的经典作品,关于1963年菲亚特汽车公司铸造厂的“夜猫”式斗争。早期“战斗性工人调查”的探索,也介绍了“阶级构成”、“阶级重组”等概念,关于工会如何限制了工人自我行动的分析。

Oakland's City Union backburners precarious workers at their own peril

Half of Oakland's city union workers are precarious and can be fired at will. If SEIU wants to bargain for better wages for all, they need to start by getting their own house in order. Half a union is no union at all.