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Pensioners Protest For More Benefits


Several workers’ syndicates and unions say hundreds of protesters were present in today’s demonstration.

Scores of retired teachers and other government pensioners held a protest rally in front of majlis (Iran’s parliament) in Tehran, on Tuesday, August 22, the local media reported.

Several workers’ syndicates and unions say hundreds of protesters were present in today’s demonstration.

Iran’s semi-official Labor News Agency, ILNA, quoted the protesters as saying, “Higher pensions and increasing the level of insurance services are our main demands and the authorities should support retirees and pensioners.”

Today’s protest assembly, according to Iran’s official state News Agency, IRNA, was organized by military retirees who were protesting against ignoring the implementation of a law approved by parliament that requires matching the salary of military pensioners with the income of active personnel.

“The law has been passed by the parliament but it has not yet been implemented, while what the pensioners are paid is significantly less than the amount current employees are paid,” IRNA cited one of the protesters as lamenting.

Based on the same report, the protesters demanded the parliament to step in and act to insure the implementation of matching salaries’ law.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Free Labor Union says, “There were nearly one thousand protesters present at today’s rally in front of the parliament.”

Hundreds of currently working teachers and workers were also there to support the retirees, the union reported.

The pictures of the rally that were widely published in social media, show angry protesters carrying banners, notifying, “Poverty line, 40 million rials ($1210), Our income, ten million rials (roughly $300)”, “As far as we are under the poverty line, we will not stop demanding”, and also “No, to any bargain until we achieve our true rights”

The protesters ended their two-hour rally at noon, local time, chanting, “It’s not Over, We’ll be back”.

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