Friday, August 10, 2007

Free Mansour Osanloo and Mahmoud Salehi

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and labor activists around the world are demanding the release Mansour Osanloo, President of the Tehran Bus Workers’ Union, and Mahmoud Salehi, a founding member of the Saqez Bakery Workers’ Association and of the Coordinating Committee to Form Workers’ Organisations. Salehi was arrested last April and Osanloo in July in a major effort by the Iranian government to squelch the labor movement in Iran. Reports indicate that both men are in ill health.

On Thursday August 9th, trade union activists in Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Iran, Finland, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Trinidad, the USA (including Chicago) and Yemen, held rally's demanding the release of Osanloo & Salehi. The response of the Iranian government so far has been to arrest 5 more members of the Executive Board of the bus drivers’ union.

You can find out more about there case and how to support the campaign for their release at the following websites...

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