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Correction: Iran's Bus Drivers Union Calls for Green-Labor Unity

15 Feb 2010 18:54No Comments

On February 12, a statement appeared in the form of a poster on various Iranian websites, including Balatarin which is one of the largest Persian-speaking portals in the world. The statement called for solidarity with Mansoor Osanloo, the imprisoned leader of Tehran's bus drivers union, through acts of civil disobedience beginning on March 6 around Tehran's Enghelab Square. The statement purported to be an official statement of the union (formally known as the Syndicate of Vahed Company Workers of Tehran and Environs). Subsequently, in an article for the popular web journal Tehran Bureau, a staff member at Iran Labor Report wrote an analysis of the union statement as it had appeared on the various websites.

It now appears that the poster was not authentic and that the union's leadership had not issued the statement, whose provenance remains unclear. The union had apparently not published an official disclaimer earlier due to the government's recent disruptions of internet use in Iran. Subsequent to this, the union requested that the falsity of the statement be made public and that henceforth no reference would be made to it. Iran Labor Report, a publication dedicated to giving a voice to Iran's fledgling labor movement, gladly honors the union's request and has removed the story and link from circulation.

Iran Labor Report editorial board
February 15, 2010

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