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93,000 Iranian Workers Without Pay During New Year

TEHRAN – According to the Islamic Job Council Association of Iran Ten of thousands of Iranian workers will be jobless or months behind in their salary payments on the Persian New Year next week, NCRI reported Wednesday.
Ali Khodai, deputy chair of the Council, said: “Salary compensations for 93,000 workers from 900 production units have not been paid during the past year. These 900 production units are owned and operated by the government or government-affiliated entities.”
He advised that if it is estimated that each of these workers has a family of four, that means that 372,000 people are affected by these economic problems and that many workers may be “embarrassed” in front of their families during this holiday.
Khodai said: “In a situation where heavy funds are set aside in this year’s budget to satisfy various work segments, allocating 4-4.5 trillion rials (approx. $285-320 million) to satisfy the needs of 93,000 families will not be a difficult task.”
This figure refers to the money needed to pay two months’ worth of workers’ salaries.
Khodai said: “Empty dining tables during the New Year look very sad for these families, and the government would better alleviate their suffering a little, by taking action.”
This is in no way a new phenomenon. People have witnessed high prices thanks to a devalued rial and 200% inflation for months now and the government has refused to do anything about it.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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