The International Transport Workers’ Federation is holding an international day of action tomorrow calling for the release of Mansour Osanloo, an Iranian trade unionist and bus driver imprisoned by the state for engaging in independent trade unionism.
Osanloo earned the ire of the Iranian authorities after he led protests that increased bus workers’ pay by fifty dollars a month, persuaded employers to provide work clothes, and got casual workers signed up to two-year contracts.
He has since been threatened, attacked and now imprisoned for five years for fighting for basic work rights we take for granted in New Zealand.
The ITF’s local affiliates have organised a protest action outside the Iranian embassy in Wellington tomorrow to tie in with the international action, so if you’re around come along and send some solidarity to Osanloo and a strong message to the Iranian government that the world is watching them.
What: Protest to free Mansour Osanloo
Where: Iranian Embassy, 151 Te Anua Road, Hataitai, Wellington
When: 12 noon; Thursday March 6, 2008
More information at the ITF’s campaign site.