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CUPE is welcoming the release today from prison of Ebrahim Madadi, a board member of the Tehran bus drivers’ union, the Vahed Syndicate. Ebrahim had been unjustly held on false charges of endangering national security since being arrested and then rearrested in 2007 and 2008.

His release is the result of years of pressure by labour groups and social activists over the last five years.  CUPE joined our international partners in making a public appeal for his release, and encouraged our members to send letters and participate in rallies.

Madadi’s release, along with the earlier release of Vahed president Mansour Osanloo, shows how our solidarity can help protect fundamental trade union rights around the world.