Iran faces a social, economic and political crisis unprecedented since the 1979 revolution. Mass strikes by contract oil workers have swept Iran since June, alongside militant anti-government protests in Khuzestan in Iran’s oil-rich south.
Tens of thousands of workers in up to 100 refineries and petrochemical plants across the country have been engaging in rolling strikes, alongside striking teachers, health workers and transport and municipal workers across the country.
The struggle of Haft Tapeh Sugarcane workers has escalated to new heights, with a worker’s council on the precipice of taking control of their factory of 5000 workers. In the midst of the worst covid outbreak in the Middle East, workers in Iran are increasingly turning to the example of workers councils that were formed in the 1979 revolution. In a year in which mass struggle has been subdued by the global covid crisis, Iran edges closer to the possibility of revolution.