Teachers to go on Strike

According to a press release issued by the Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI), teachers have announced a nationwide and week-long strike in Iran beginning 15th February 2004. Their demands are for fundamental changes in the pay structure, removal of discrimination, provision of housing support, free medical care and the election of head teachers in schools. Teachers are fed up with the oppressive nature of Islamic ideological interrogations, sexual apartheid and humiliation, lack of the right to assembly and strike. The WPI calls on all progressive, labour and teachers unions to support the teachers in Iran.