Iranian authorities have re-arrested Ebrahim Madadi, a board member of the Tehran bus drivers’ union, the Vahed Syndicate who had been released from prison just days ago. Ebrahim has been unjustly held on false charges of endangering national security.
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary, Sharan Burrow, says that this is “yet another crass and cynical move by the authorities to distract attention from the serious violations of trade union rights in Iran immediately prior to the ILO Regional Asia Pacific Conference which just concluded in Kyoto.”
Pressure by labour groups and social activists over the last five years helped secure Ebrahim’s release last week. This indecent action by the regime renews the need for continued pressure by CUPE members and our international partners.
ITF general secretary David Cockroft says, “It’s an unacceptable infringement on his rights and liberty. Like the continuing imprisonment of the increasingly ill Reza Shahabi it is an injustice that is crying out to be righted.”
The re-arrest will be met by labour solidarity to help protect fundamental trade union rights around the world. The ITUC represents 176 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 301 national affiliates.