From the TUC

URGENT ACTION: free trade unionists jailed in Iran after May Day protests

17 Jun 2009, By

Against the background of post-election turmoil in Iran, and in the context of a Global Solidarity Action Day demanding justice for Iranian workers on Friday 26 June, the TUC is joining Amnesty International in calling for the release of four trade unionists and a journalist who remain in jail following mass arrests at two May Day rallies in Tehran. Please take a moment to join the online action (see below), and if you can be in London on Friday 26 June, please come along to the protest we are helping to organise with Amnesty and the International Transport Workers Federation at the Iranian Embassy (16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT – map at from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

Jafar Azimzadeh and Said Youzi have not been brought before a court. Kaveh Mozaffari, Gholamreza Khani and Mehdi Farahani Shandiz have had their bail set at amounts their families cannot afford but it is not known whether they have been charged. Amnesty considers that they are prisoners of conscience and should be released immediately and without condition.

They join other imprisoned trade unionists Mansour Ossanlu and Ibrahim Medadi, of the Tehran Bus Workers’ Union as well as teacher trade unionist Farzad Kamangar.

Take action today: Join Amnesty International’s Urgent Action for these trade unionists. You can register your protest online at

Please circulate these details to other people – we need to make sure Iran’s trade unionists aren’t forgotten!