Online videos on October 10th show workers at the Asaluyeh and Abadan refineries, protesting at their workplace, blocking roads with rubble and lit tires, and calling for a strike.
A statement by the Council for Organizing Oil Contract-Workers’ Protests, who have organized strikes in the past, has called for all oil, gas, and petrochemical workers to begin protesting and prepare for a nation-wide strike.
A nation-wide strike threatens to cripple Iran’s economy, which under US led sanctions is weakened and heavily dependent on oil. Previous strikes by oil workers also brought Iran’s current regime to power in 1979.
State media and officials have claimed that these workers are protesting over wages, and not joining the protests caused by the death of Mahsa Amini in September.
Coverage of Iran is limited due to their Internet being heavily censored and almost completely shut down
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