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The Workers' House (Persian: خانه کارگرxâne-ye kârgar) is the Iranian de facto[4] national trade union center affiliated with the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and a registered reformist worker's political organization/labour union.[5] It oversees and coordinates activities of Islamic Labour Councils.[4]

Workers' House

خانه کارگر
General SecretaryAlireza Mahjoub
SpokespersonHassan Sadeghi
Founded1958; 61 years ago (1958)
LegalisedJanuary 4, 1992; 27 years ago (1992-01-04)[1]
as political organization
HeadquartersTehran, Iran
NewspaperWork and Worker (unofficial)
Political branchIslamic Labour Party[2]
Former political affiliation
Political positionLeft-wing[2]
ReligionIslam (Since 1981)[3]
National affiliationCouncil for Coordinating the Reforms Front
International affiliationWorld Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
Other affiliations
SloganArabic: لَّيْسَ لِلْإِنسَانِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَى‎ “Human is entitled to nothing but his own efforts”. [Quran 53:39]
Media organIranian Labour News Agency
Parliament
3 / 290
Tehran City Council
1 / 21
Isfahan City Council
1 / 13
Tabriz City Council
1 / 13
Website
workerhouse.ir

Formed in 1958 by union of some workers' guilds, the union has been historically a worker wing affiliated with various parties.[5] In 1981, it was dominated by Islamist workers.[3]

In 1998, Worker’s House stated that ⅓ of Iranian workers were its members, however there is no independent verification for this claim.[3]

International Labour Organization (ILO) recognizes the dependence of the union on the government.[4] After confrontation with the Government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the union has been losing its state-supported status.[3]

The union also operates the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) since 2002 with an aim to 'inform dissemination for the toiling stratum of labourers, and with justice-centered discourse as its motto'. Work and Worker daily is also published by Ali Rabiei, a key member.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Legally Registerred Parties in Iran". Khorasan Newspaper. Pars Times. July 30, 2000. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Khani, Mohamamd Hassan (17 July 2012). "Political Parties in the Islamic Republic of Iran". Iran Review. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Nomani, Farhad; Behdad, Sohrab (2012), Labor Rights and the Democracy Movement in Iran: Building a Social Democracy, 10, Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, pp. 212–230, ISSN 1549-828X
  4. ^ a b c Jahanbegloo, Ramin (2011), Civil Society and Democracy in Iran, Lexington Books, p. 249, ISBN 0739172239
  5. ^ a b Seraji, Mostafa; Hassan, K. H. (2013), Status and Roles of Iranian Workers' Associations (PDF), 7, International Business Management Journal, pp. 172–181, ISSN 1993-5250
  6. ^ Shahidi, Hossein (2007), Journalism in Iran: From Mission to Profession, Routledge, pp. 64, 104, ISBN 1134093918