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Elimination of Iran’s Workers and Retirees’ Wages With the So-Called “Save Iran” Plan

Iran’s retirees and workers protest their living conditions

Iran’s workers and retirees in Iran are forced to protect themselves from the government and its institutions’ looting plan which are destroying their lives.

Now there is news that nearly 60 of the regime’s MPs have put their signatures on the programs of the ‘Regional wages and agreed wages’ which will destroy the workers’ lives.

Then regime’s institutions that determine the economic lines of the country consider the ‘saving Iran’ plan an ‘adjusting’ and ‘progressive’ plan.

So, if the regime’s next government accepts the plan of the Chamber of Commerce which they call the ‘saving Iran’ plan which is supporting and in the favor of the country’s higher class and employee which are mostly of the side of the government, the lives of millions of workers will be destroyed, and the working class will face serious difficulties.

What the Iranian Chamber of Commerce and its allies in the private sector (of course, the profiteering private sector, which thinks more about profit than production and is affiliated with the government) consider the ‘ Chineseization’ or ‘Vietnamization’ of the economy:

Very cheap labor, deregulation of labor law and facilitation of dismissal of workers, lifting of the obligation and monopoly of insurance and social security, lifting the limit of working hours by appointing agreed wages and freelancing.

When a worker is told that he is paid some amount of Rials of an amount of job, 8 hours of daily work or 44 hours of weekly work will no longer make sense; the worker must work 24 hours and 7 days of the week, regardless of the start and end times of work, to bring his level of work to the satisfactory point of the employer.

‘Vietnamization’ of the economy, the same model that is followed in economic plans, including the plan to ‘save Iran.’

On May 17th, the Save Iran Package was unveiled as part of the ‘Building Iran’ project, a joint product of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce and the Sharif Policy Research Institute, and the Sharif Business Institute. Tehran Chamber of Commerce has done a lot of publicity in connection with the unveiling of this economic package.

This plan has several main goals: Over the next four years, inflation in the country will reach the average rate in the Middle East, the basic income will be equal to $30 per Iranian, annual employment will be 1.1 million people, the country’s corruption perception index will reach the average of this index in the Middle East and the ratio of non-oil exports to GDP will grow by 100%.

The goals are not bad, but the solutions that this plan offers are all just a balance and anti-labor strategies. Here are some examples of these adjustment strategies:

In the section ‘How to achieve employment growth’ to create 1.1 million jobs annually, several executive and corrective solutions have been proposed, the first of which is ‘improving the business environment.’ To improve the business environment, measures have been proposed that the last proposed action is extremely dangerous and anti-labor: “Lifting the monopoly of social security for employee insurance.”

In continuation of this plan, with the aim of ‘activating the development of regions with the aim of creating 1.1 million jobs annually’, necessary measures have been proposed, the first of which is the ‘creation of a provincial-based labor law’.

This means that in each province, there is specific labor law, and the workers of each region are employed under regional regulations. All these clauses have only one goal: to cheapen the working class and to impoverish the labor force.

Another concern of workers today is the octopus-like expansion of contractors. Companies that have institutionalized discrimination in the Iranian labor system, and now the Chamber of Commerce’s proposal of creating 1.1 million jobs annually, proposes the expansion of the contractors: “Developing the capacity of contracting and manufacturing parts of industries in order to complete the chain and export to the countries of the region.”

With this proposal, more industries will be fragmented than before and will be handed over to small and large contractors. An action that would plunder the low-wage workers in the contracting network more than ever, plunging large numbers of workers into the abyss of ‘terrible deregulation.’

When you work as a contractor, no matter how much expertise and skill you have, contract labor relations are de-privileged labor relations in which there are no indicators and criteria for gaining points and mobility of the workers’ class.

The anti-labor strategies of this report are not limited to these cases. In the section on bridle inflation, this report proposes the solution of further privatization and sale of government property which is the property of the nation.

It says that large state-owned companies should sell government land to cover government spending (as a way to curb inflation) and cover part of the cost. The sale of valuable government assets to the private sector, which in Iran is famous as a rent-seeking government-private sector, deprives the people and all successive generations of citizens of all assets and gives the properties to people and their relatives close to the power blocs, or in fact gives them away for free.

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