Iran: transport union leader arrested

From the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI), July 3:

Ebrahm Madadi, the vice-president of the board of directors of Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company was arrested on July 3, 2007. According to the website of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, “Mr. Ebrahim Madadi had referred to the Western Tehran Labor Department to follow up on the situation of the terminated workers, and was at first forbidden by the guards to enter the building. After one hour he was arrested and taken to the Baharestan police station. They stated he must stay there overnight and will be transported tomorrow to the Region 12, Northside City Park Branch 6.”

The transport workers write that “[i]t seems that the whole arrest had been orchestrated and coordinated in advance by the officials of the labour department and the judiciary.” They pledge protests at Tehran’s 12th judiciary building if he is not released shortly.

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