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The Socialist 5 July 2007

Brown's government for the rich

Brown's government for the rich

Blair's toadying surpasses all clichés


National Shop Stewards' Network conference: Join the fightback against the bosses' offensive


Campaign for a New Workers' Party: Giving workers a voice

Lively CNWP meeting in Cardiff

Sign up to the CNWP campaign


Unite against war, poverty and terrorism


Postal workers: we're striking to win

Postal workers' strike gets solid support across the country


Under several feet of flood water - after flood defence budget cut

"A new gilded age of inequality"

Stop subsidising private schools

Surplus cash yet cutbacks continue


Why the United Nations fails the test of internationalism

Iran: Riots over petrol rationing

Climate change: socialist international planning needed

George Bush - a get out of jail ticket

Pakistan: Union activist has suspension withdrawn following protests


Tales from the council chamber

'Living in a parallel universe'


UNISON delegates challenge leadership

Victory over bullying management

RMT conference: Fighting a thousand cuts

Not so nice Mr Branson


Socialism 2007


Two plays reviewed by Mark Baker: 'Philistines' and 'The Last Confession'

 
 

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Iran: Riots over petrol rationing

ON 26 June, the Iranian regime implemented its secret plan of rationing petrol and increasing the price. For most of the population, it came as a shock and immediately caused riots. Cars, buses, public buildings and banks were torched in Tehran and all other big cities.

Behind the petrol price crisis is the neglect of investment in the oil and gas industry, partly due to the US sanctions but also because the regime is spending much of its income on repression and the military. A major gas and oil exporter, Iran is actually importing refined petrol.

The unrest follows growing opposition against president Ahmadinejad's regime, which has been answered with increased repression against workers, students and women activists.

Mahmoud Salehi, the well known Bakers workers' leader in Saqez, was arrested on 9 April. In June, the bus drivers' union leader, Mansour Ossanlou, was sentenced to five years in prison. Hundreds of youth have been harassed, beaten up or arrested for wearing "improper clothing".

Alongside repression, the regime is exploiting the conflict with US imperialism to dampen opposition and dissent. Supreme leader Ayatollah Khameini has repeatedly called for "Islamic national unity" in the face of threats from George Bush and US imperialism.

Despite its Islamic and 'anti-imperialist' rhetoric, the regime in Iran is implementing similar policies of capitalist globalisation as other governments. That means deregulation of the labour market and privatisation. The gap between rich and poor is increasing, with some of the ruling mullahs becoming super-rich.

Elected president in 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised more jobs, lower prices and some of the oil incomes transferred to ordinary families. Nothing of this has come true. 70% of the population live under the poverty line.

Even according to official statistics, poverty has increased - by 12% over the last year, to 12 million people. Unemployment is still increasing and 80% of all workers are now on temporary contracts. Many strikes are of workers who have not received their wages for up to two years!

As a consequence, last December, Ahmadinejad's candidates heavily lost the elections for city councils and to the Council of Experts, the body selecting the supreme leader.

The regime in Iran is especially afraid of the opposition from the working class, the only force able to overthrow the repressive Islamic regime. Trade unions in the west should support their struggle and demand the release of all imprisoned workers' leaders and full trade union rights.

Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI, Sweden)
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In this issue

Brown's government for the rich

Blair's toadying surpasses all clichés


National Shop Stewards Network

National Shop Stewards' Network conference: Join the fightback against the bosses' offensive


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Campaign for a New Workers' Party: Giving workers a voice

Lively CNWP meeting in Cardiff

Sign up to the CNWP campaign


What we think

Unite against war, poverty and terrorism


Postal workers strike

Postal workers: we're striking to win

Postal workers' strike gets solid support across the country


Socialist Party news and analysis

Under several feet of flood water - after flood defence budget cut

"A new gilded age of inequality"

Stop subsidising private schools

Surplus cash yet cutbacks continue


International socialist news and analysis

Why the United Nations fails the test of internationalism

Iran: Riots over petrol rationing

Climate change: socialist international planning needed

George Bush - a get out of jail ticket

Pakistan: Union activist has suspension withdrawn following protests


Tales from the council chamber

Tales from the council chamber

'Living in a parallel universe'


Socialist Party workplace news

UNISON delegates challenge leadership

Victory over bullying management

RMT conference: Fighting a thousand cuts

Not so nice Mr Branson


Socialist Party events

Socialism 2007


Socialist Party review

Two plays reviewed by Mark Baker: 'Philistines' and 'The Last Confession'


 

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