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Massive truck drivers strike shakes Iranian government

Massive truck drivers strike shakes Iranian government

The current Islamic government has been ruling Iran since the 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorship of the Shah. After almost 40 years, the economic and social situation for the majority of Iranian is increasingly becoming worse and worse.

Since late last year there have been massive working class protests throughout Iran. The Iranian government has tried to both repress and co-opt these protests but unemployment, starvation wages and corruption are bringing more and more people onto the streets.

APC interviewed Bahman Yusufi, an Iranian labour activist, about these working class actions and especially the current massive strike by around 600,000 truck drivers that has literally stopped all road commercial traffic in Iran.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

Image: Wikimedia - Iranian workers taking to the streets

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