On Saturday, August 24, construction workers from the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) held a demonstration in front of the company’s headquarters in Arak to protest over unpaid wages, contract conditions and insurance problems.
The workers said: “Due to the decline of production in 2019 and the inefficiency of the management chosen by the Privatization Organization, we are worried about our job security.”
They also reported that they have only received their wages for the first two months of the current Iran calendar year, which began in March.
The protests continued on Sunday, this time in front of the local offices of the regime’s parliament in Arak.
HEPCO, established in 1974, was once the biggest manufacturer of heavy construction equipment in Iran and the Middle East, producing 3,000 pieces of equipment per year. However, the company has been in constant decline since the mullahs seized power in 1979. Eventually, it was sold to private owners affiliated with the regime, which only increased its downfall.
Their workers are just one of many labour communities protesting delays in wages and poor working conditions, but the regime’s reaction to labour protests has so far been hollow promises, crackdowns, repression, and heavy prison sentences for protest organizers.
Meanwhile, a group of disabled people held a protest outside the Tehran office of the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani, according to the website of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
The protesters, who had come from various cities, were demonstrating against the regime’s failure to implement a law, passed in 2017, in support of disabled people. For the best two years, the regime has failed to allocate the necessary money for its implementation, meaning that one of the most vulnerable communities in Iran is paying a high price.
Commercial Complex Investors
Over in the city of Rasht, investors of the state-affiliated Adineh Commercial Complex gathered outside to protest the regime’s lack of response to their demands.
The people had purchased a unit in advance, which was an investment in the complex, but this complex still hasn’t been built. The protesters are demanding that the possible embezzlement cases and their perpetrators be investigated.