Teamsters General President Calls on the Government of Iran to Address Demands of Striking Truckers
(WASHINGTON) – Today, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa pledged the union’s support for Iranian truck drivers who went on strike on Sept. 22 to protest low pay, increased operating costs and road usage fees in an Oct. 2 letter sent to Abolfazl Mehrabadi, deputy director of the Iranian interest section at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Iranian truck drivers are currently on strike in more than 290 cities across 31 states in the country in an effort to raise awareness of their plight. The truck drivers are urging the Iranian government to address their grievances and allow the workers to have a greater voice in decisions that may negatively affect their livelihoods.
“The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing 1.4 million transportation and supply chain workers in the United States and Canada, stands in solidarity with our Iranian brothers and sisters,” Hoffa wrote in the letter. “We urge the government of Iran to listen to the grievances of striking Iranian truck driver, address their just demands and recognize their internationally recognized rights to assembly, speech, freedom of association and collective bargaining.”
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