Iran National Steel Industrial Group has resumed its operation and the necessary primary products will be delivered there in 15 days, said Karim Yavari, official with Iranian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
More than 4,000 employees at the National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz (Khuzestan) stopped work on Nov. 9 in a dispute over unpaid wages and benefits.
After a series of rallies and protest meetings by the strikers, police raided workers’ homes overnight on Dec.16 and detained at least 30 men.
Yavari noted that officials of Iran’s Khuzestan province held a meeting with managers of the National Steel Industrial Group and representatives of the company’s employees and as a result of the talks, the workers returned to the plant to continue the production, Trend reports citing Mehr.
Speaking about the detained workers, he said that all the detainees will be freed by the end of this week.
He pointed out that Iranian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is against the detainment of workers who hold non-violent protest actions.
“The primary products to the National Steel Industrial Group will be delivered in 10-15 days. The major shareholder of this company Bank Melli should pay special attention to the legal demands of workers, the process of paying their unpaid wages, as well as ensuring the supply of primary products to the Industrial Group,” he said.
The annual capacity of Iranian National Steel Industrial Group is 1,435,000 tons of steel products and 430,000 tons steel ingots. In addition to supplying the main part of the country needs, it is one of important exporters of steel products.
It also produces fittings and wire, seamless pipe and beam. The Industrial Group includes steelmaking plant, Kowsar rolling plant, fittings and wire rolling plant, beam rolling plant, pipe plant and machine manufacturing plant.
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