Teachers in Iran continue protests amid escalating repression

As reported previously, Iranian teachers have been at the forefront of industrial disputes this year as they battle against low wages and insecure work. In the middle of April, there was another mass mobilisation with tens of thousands of teachers going out on strike in around 70 cities in Iran. The response of the government was to step up the repression with the arrest of Ali-Reza Hashemi, the General Secretary of the Iranian Teachers’ Organisation. Ali-Reza now joins a number of other high profile labour activists jailed by the Iranian government.