What will a free Iran look like? It’s something that politicians, activists, and human rights advocate the world over want to know.
Well, they should really be asking the person who is most able and completely ready to overthrow the Iranian Regime and ensure that Iran and its people are free from the yoke of the mullahs. That person is the leader of the Iranian Opposition Maryam Rajavi.
Maryam Rajavi has made clear on countless occasions what she would like to see in a free Iran and we will look at them again in this short series. In the first part, we looked at Maryam Rajavi’s hopes for a nuclear-free Iran, which respects the equality of all nationalities, but now we will look at how she views the rights of Iranian workers and toilers.
Maryam Rajavi explained that Iranian workers lost their jobs and livelihood as more and more factories went bankrupt due to the sale and fraudulent auctions of their owners. These workers are then victimized by the increased import of foreign goods, the expansion of black markets, and growing economic corruption by the mullahs. She noted that Iran’s minimum wage, when it is even observed, is a pitiful one dollar per hour, which is lower than in some of the world’s most crisis-riddled economies.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The Tsunami of lay-offs and dismissals has intensified under Rouhani’s government, and group after group of workers join the millions-strong army of unemployed every day… Those who have not lost their jobs are under pressure of having not received their wages while they do not have any job security since they were forced to sign white and temporary contracts to have a job.”
She cited the Iranian Labor Ministry as saying that 93% of Iran’s workforce is working on such contracts, which Maryam Rajavi said are “designed to subjugate workers and compel them into cheap labor”.
Maryam Rajavi said: “Iranian workers are among the world’s least-paid and most vulnerable workforce who face the constant threat of dismissal and the lowest job security. Despite the horrific economic stagnation in Iran, it is the ruling mullahs’ overlooking of the fate of workers that contributes most significantly to their victimization as a result of criminal policies.”
Maryam Rajavi explained that the Iranian workers have been made poorer still by the Regime’s “treacherous policy of allocating a lion’s share of the country’s revenues to the war and massacre in Syria”.
She further explained that the various factions of the regime have a shared interest in the plunder of workers’ lives and a crackdown on their legitimate protests.
Maryam Rajavi said: “It is impossible to gain the minimum rights of Iranian workers and toilers without a regime change. Freedom of independent organizations, the right to stage strikes and protest gatherings, abolition of temporary and white contracts, disbanding of major contractors of labor force, prompt payment of wages and all past-due demands, provision of health and unemployment insurance and other demands of workers threaten the regime’s existence because they bring about freedom for workers to various degrees. So, achieving every single one of such demands is intertwined with the struggle for regime change.”
In our next piece, we will talk about Maryam Rajavi’s thoughts on an advanced and free education system.