Iranwire – A total of 23 protest rallies organized by workers, retirees, and disabled individuals demanding better living conditions were held across Iran on August 28.
The Iran Workers Union reported that telecom retirees in 20 cities, including Ahvaz, Rasht, Mashhad, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Shiraz, Shahrekord, Ilam, Sanandaj, Gorgan, Sari, Urmia, Khorramabad, Tabriz, Zanjan, Borujard, Bandar Abbas, Arak, Tehran and Yazd participated in the protests.
The retirees gathered in front of telecom company buildings in their respective cities to demand the complete implementation of the 2010 personnel and employment regulations, as well as the resolution of health insurance issues.
The Telegram channel of the Iran Workers Union also shared photographs that depicted workers from the Arak Machinery company on its premises, and project workers from the Rayaneh Shahr Institute of Tehran Municipality, in front of the Tehran Municipality building.
The groups held demonstrations and expressed their demands.
Owing to the economic crisis of recent years in Iran, workers, retirees, disabled individuals, and those suffering from specific medical conditions are grappling with numerous challenges in accessing medical services and managing associated costs.
Since the start of this year, workers and retirees have organized numerous assemblies to address their living conditions.
But the administration of President Ebrahim Raisi and other government institutions have yet to provide a satisfactory response to concerns raised by the demonstrators.
The protests come amid a growing economic crisis in Iran.
The country is struggling with high inflation, unemployment and a shortage of foreign currency.
The government has been criticized for its handling of the economy, and the protests are seen as a sign of growing discontent among the population.