Saturday, December 02, 2006
AFL/CIO Campaign for Mansour OsanlooUrgent Action
Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO join global labor movement in demanding release of Mansour Osanloo
Mansour Osanloo, the President of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Drivers’ Syndicate (Sherkat-e Vahed Company) was re-arrested on November 19, 2006 by plainclothesmen.
History: Mansour Osanloo was released from prison on exorbitant bail only 4 months ago under pressure of international solidarity, after spending 7 months in the infamous Evin prison. His crime was that of seeking a living wage and better working condition for thousands of Tehran’s bus drivers. With only two days left to court hearing, he was violently arrested on the street and taken back to prison. He was not allowed access to his family or his attorneys for almost 10 days. Ms. Osanloo is recovering from serious eye surgery. A letter from his son Sahesh to the International Labor Organization representative in Asia states his eye condition is precarious and his health is in danger.
The Solidarity Center stands with the international community of working men and women in seeking the immediate and unconditional release of Mansour Osanloo, and urging the Iranian government to follow conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
To learn more: Check out the AFL-CIO’s blog http://blog.aflcio.org/2006/11/30/iranian-union-leader-arrested-again/
To take action, sign the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) petition at http://www.itfglobal.org/solidarity/Osanloo.cfm/letter/12.
For more information on the global campaign to free Mansour Osanloo visit: