INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ITUC)
Release of persecuted Iranian trade unionist welcomed
Brussels, 19 December 2006 (ITUC Online): The ITUC and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today
welcomed the release of detained Iranian trade unionist Mansour Osanloo, while deploring the fact that he had to post
additional bail to ensure his release. Osanloo was already on bail of 150 million Toman (US$ 165,000), stemming from his
previous detention by the authorities from 22 December 2005 to 9 August 2006.
“We are pleased that Mansour Osanloo is now out of detention, but the additional bail condition, and the fact that
leaders and members of his union continue to face systematic repression and harassment, are of deep concern”, said ITUC
General Secretary Guy Ryder.
Osanloo, who is President of the ITF-affiliated Trade Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (“Vahed
Union”), was arrested on November 19th, only months after being released on bail following a long campaign of
intimidation by Iranian police and state security agents that has seen him and colleagues brutally arrested and meetings
violently broken up. His release followed public protests by Vahed Union members and an international campaign led by
the ITF and the ICFTU (now ITUC), that involved protests to Iran, demonstrations outside embassies and a formal
complaint to the ILO (see www.itfglobal.org/urban-transport/tehranbuses.cfm for background.
He and 9 other Vahed union leaders had been detained on an earlier occasion, on their way to an ILO seminar in Tabriz on
November 8. A beating during his last arrest led to an aggravation of an existing eye injury, and in detention he was
again threatened and subjected to blackmail in order to stop his union activities. Osanloo refused however to bow to the
ITF General Secretary David Cockroft said “progress has been made but more needs to be done. The persecution of this man
has to stop. Fundamental trade union rights have to be respected in Iran and we await similar positive news concerning
Mansour Osanloo’s trade union colleagues, some of whom have been sacked and all of whom have been denied the right to be
represented by the union of their choice. For some weeks, the Iranian Labour Ministry had promised that Osanloo would be
released, however worldwide pressure was needed to bring it about. The Government of Iran has to face up to its
responsibilities without the need for continued pressure from others.”