On Sunday, February 7, the people of Iran from different walks of life held at least five rallies, protesting officials’ failure to respond to their inherent demands. In this respect, janitors of public schools in Tehran and Alborz provinces, HEPCO workers, and trainers of the Technical and Vocational Education Organization staged their rallies in front of the Parliament (Majlis).

Toll workers in Qazvin province continued their rally for the second consecutive day. During the February 7 rallies, protesters blamed officials’ failure to implement the plan for classifying jobs, which is another unkept promise by the Iranian government.

Rally of Toll Workers—Iranians continue protests on February 7
Rally of Toll Workers—Iranians continue protests on February 7

Rally of Toll Workers

Qazvin province—for the second day in a row, toll workers held a rally in front of the provincial Governorate. They demanded officials clarify the condition of their job status.

It was supposed that officials would clarify workers’ job status by January 20. However, they have yet to respond to protesters, and workers are in a bleak situation.

Recently, the government has fired a number of workers to decrease its expenses. On the other hand, officials did not recruit new forces despite their initial promises. Regarding the coronavirus outbreak, these behaviors add insult to impoverished workers’ injuries, and they see no way but to raise their voices against unfair and unjust responses.

Rally of Janitors—Iranians continue protests on February 7
Rally of Janitors—Iranians continue protests on February 7

Rally of Janitors

Tehran province—janitors of public schools in the provinces of Tehran and Alborz held a rally in front of the Majlis. They called on MPs and officials to meet their inherent rights.

They had written their expectations on a placard, which read:

  1. Implementing the plan for ranking service forces and balancing their wages
  2. Considering education documents and changing the job category from service to education-administrative
  3. Reviving the janitors’ rights, including additional works, the rights for clothes, and housing rights, etc.
  4. Returning contract job situation into official employment
  5. Registering the job of a janitor as a hard and harmful job
  6. Attracting and recruiting new service forces
Rally of HEPCO Workers—Iranians continue protests on February 7
Rally of HEPCO Workers—Iranians continue protests on February 7

Rally of HEPCO Workers

Tehran province—representatives of Markazi province-based HEPCO company workers held a rally in front of the Majlis for the second consecutive day.

“We urge officials resolve the company’s problem of debts,” said protesters, adding, “To implement construction deals, the company’s 12-trillion-rial [$48 million] debt should be settled firstly. Currently, the HEPCO cannot have any transaction with the country’s banking system.”

During January, HEPCO workers held several rallies and protests either at the facility or in front of the Majlis. They protested the production’s terrible condition and demanded the company settle its debts and support production.

“The company’s debts must immediately be settled to open the locks and trigger a production boom. On the other hand, the government must prohibit importing industrial and mining equipment that HEPCO can manufacture,” workers said on January 10.

Rally of Trainers—Iranians continue protests on February 7
Rally of Trainers—Iranians continue protests on February 7

Rally of Trainers

Tehran province—a group of trainers affiliated with the Technical and Vocational Education Organization staged a rally in front of the Majlis. They demanded just and fair behavior on behalf of the officials after eight years.

In their protests, educators explained their sufferings, chanting, “Despite our troubles, we have yet to see justice.” Protesters called on officials to change their job conditions and recruit them officially. They expressed their frustration over officials’ failure to clarify their job conditions.

Rally of Motels’ Workers—Iranians continue protests on February 7
Rally of Motels’ Workers—Iranians continue protests on February 7

Rally of Motels’ Workers

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province—workers of Gachsaran city’s Oil & Gas motels staged a gathering in front of the company’s bureau.

In their rally, workers vented their anger over the company managing board’s failure to implement the plan for classifying careers and change staff’s working conditions.

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