Iranian shoe factory laborers block road outside of Tehran

Published April 9th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

More than 400 striking shoe factory workers blocked a road west of Tehran Sunday, April 8, to demand salaries that have been unpaid for nine months, the offical IRNA news agency reported. 


The employees of the Shadan-Pour factory set up a blockade on the road between Tehran and the western suburb of Karaj and halted traffic for two hours, IRNA said. 


Behruz Heidar-Khani, a spokesman for the strikers, told IRNA that the factory's owner had not been at his office in nine months and that salaries have not been paid since then. 


Iran is plagued with unemployment, which accounts for 15 percent of the active population. — (AFP, Tehran) 


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