Today, 14 May, the workers of Sadra Shipbuilding in Bushehr, southern Iran, went on strike. They managed to cut off the electricity supply of the Sadra industrial island, where the oil and gas platforms are built. As a result all production came to a standstill for a number of hours.
The main reason for this strike, which involved 500 people, was because the workers have not been paid last month’s wages. After the electricity was cut off the shipyard’s management held negotiations with the workers’ representatives. The managers promised the workers that all their backpay will be paid by Monday [19 May].
After these negotiations the workers agreed to go back to work provisionally.
14 May 2008
Report from a correspondent of Militaant, journal of revolutionary socialist youth in Iran.