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INU - Workers at Kian Tire Company staged a strike on Tuesday to protest the possible return of an old employer to the factory and non-payment of wages.

Monday, 01 July 2013

INUAt least 4,000 workers went on strike on Wednesday at Iran's Khuzestan Steel Factory in protest at the non-payment of their promised salary increases.

Contract workers are protesting at the failure by management to pay a 25 per cent wage rise pledged to them in March.

The factory production came to halt as non-contract workers joined the initial protest by contract workers.

 

Saturday, 29 June 2013

INU - According to El-Monitor’s website, quoted today by the clerical government news agency, Tasnim, 72% of Iranian exports are sent to Iraq

El-Monitor has written that Iran’s trade with Iraq has helped Iran to decrease the effects of international sanctions. Iraq imports from Iran have risen by approximately 15% this year.

The value of Iran's currency has fallen sharply due to international sanctions. America’s new round of sanctions has targeted Iran's automotive industry. However, it is Iraq that is the largest foreign market for Iran’s vehicles.

Ehsan Alshomari, a political analyst in Iraq, told El-Monitor: “Iran has now accepted that Iraq is the only economical opportunity for it. It is very natural, on the other hand, that Iraq consumes large amount of Iranian goods.”

Alshomari believes the "deepening of relations between Iraq and Iran to this extent will eventually damage Iraq's foreign relations, particularly with America." 

Alshomari also told El-Monitor: "Iran desperately needs Iraq, especially at this stage, not only to market its goods, but also to export goods through Iraq to other countries and to facilitate the transfer of Iranian funds from Baghdad to Damascus and Beirut. ...Iraq is Iran's economic gateway to the outside world."

 

Saturday, 29 June 2013
INU - According to the governmental news agency, Tasnim, today Ahmad Alam al-Hoda, member of the Assembly of Experts and one of the mullahs close to Ali Khamenei, said in a meeting with the regimes’ leaders of industry, mine and trade in the Khorasan Rizvi province: "The problem we have now is that the authorities do not have a unified opinion for the resolution of economic problems. In financial difficulties, they only point to the UN sanctions. Of course, we admit the negative effects of the sanctions, but this is not the main factor.”
 

Wednesday, 05 June

INU - A member of Tehran's symphony orchestra has said they now play no concerts and their massively delayed salaries are very low.

Wind instrument player Armin Gheitasi described the state of Tehran's Symphony Orchestra and Iran’s National Orchestra as 'catastrophic' and it would be better if the regime closed them down.

Tuesday, 04 June 2013

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has unveiled aggressive new sanctions against Iran, directly targeting the rial currency for the first time and also the auto sector, a key source of jobs and revenue.

The measures, which could wreak more economic deprivation inside Iran, came days before a presidential election in the country and followed Teheran's refusal to cede ground in stalled world power talks on its nuclear programme.

They were accompanied by new US warnings of a "painful" and "powerful" escalation of the sanctions regime, as President Barack Obama seeks to convince the Islamic Republic the price of uranium enrichment is too high.

"The steps taken today are part of President Obama's commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, by raising the cost of Iran's defiance of the international community," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

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