NCRI - The workers' union of the Haft Tape Sugar Cane Company announced in a statement on August 4, 2017 that 40 workers from the company were summoned to court by the Judiciary of the city of Shush (south-west Iran). The workers’ union said that these 40 workers are told to attend the court on Sunday, August 6.

According to reports, a number of other workers are also summoned to the security forces for interrogation.

The summoned workers are charged with “provoking workers to strike” and a number of members of the board of directors of the workers' union of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company are also among the summons.

Earlier, at least 15 workers of the sugar cane company were arrested during a strike in the past few days and later released.

Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers staged a strike following non-payment of salaries in May and June this year as well as wages of February and march 2015, and eight months non-payment of the subsidies and benefits last year and their rewards of the past two years.

The sugar cane workers’ union also announced in the statement on Friday that the names of the summoned workers were provided to the Justice Department of the city of Shush by the company's managing director, in collaboration with the security department of the unit.

Earlier, a number of labour unions, including the Free Workers' Union of Iran, the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company and the Workers' Rights Defenders Association, as well as the International Federation of Workers for Food, Agriculture and Services, criticized the arrest of the striking workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company.

In recent years, a number of workers involved in labour protests, as well as labour activists have been fired or summoned, detained and imprisoned.

Human rights organizations and international labour unions have repeatedly criticized such actions calling for the end to security and judicial dealing with labour activists and demanded the release of all labour activists.

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