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Iranian workers protest against unpaid wages

IRANIAN workers have staged a number of protests in provinces across the country as they struggle to afford basic goods after going months without pay.

Four days of demonstrations have taken place outside the Sarvabad municipal building in the western province of Kurdistan after workers have gone seven months without receiving wages.

The municipal workers are angry at a broken promise to part pay their wages after they called off protests six days ago.

In the south-east province of Kerman workers rallied outside the offices of the Zarand Steel Company over the issue of unpaid salaries and issues relating to insurance.

The steel factory has caused the area to be polluted, according to the workers, who explained that livestock and crops have been destroyed. They claim the company has reneged on an agreement struck five years ago to employ locals who have suffered damages.

Demonstrations also took place in Tabriz, Khuzestan, Mashhad, Isfahan and Tehran with anti-government sentiment growing in Iran due to a deepening economic crisis, which has been compounded by the imposition of US sanctions.

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