70% of Iranian workers live in poverty, official admits

70% of Iranian workers live in poverty, official admits

Published by on February 19, 2015

At least 70 per cent of workers in Iran are living under the poverty line, a leading regime official has admitted. Many workers can not even afford basic products they need for survival, Rahmatollah Poormoussa, the head of Iran’s state labor organization, said.

He told the state-run Tasnim News Agency: “There are many workers who can not buy basic products they need for a normal life, and many of these items are now considered a luxury.”

Workers’ main expenditure goes on health and housing, with housing alone taking up 50 per cent of income, he said.

Iran’s economic crisis, due to incompetence of authorities and misuse of public funds, has plunged a majority of the population into poverty, affecting even people who have more than one job.

The purchasing power of workers fell by 73 per cent this year, while the minimum monthly salary is 608,000 tomans (170 dollars). But to survive in Iran, a family of 4 needs at least 1400.000 tomans (400 dollars).

The Iranian Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Ali Rabi’i, said recently that 12 million people suffer from ‘food poverty’ in Iran.

Deputy Health Minister Ali-Akbar Sayari has said that he ‘regretted’ that 78 per cent of Iranians lack fruit and vegetables and do not have a balanced diet.

In a speech in Paris on 8 February 2015, Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance said: “Iranian households suffer from hunger due to poverty and destitution. Twelve million sleep hungry each night. Previously, the general problem was poverty. Now it is hunger. At no time in Iran’s history has class disparity been as large as during the mullahs’ reign.”

She added: “If the mullahs ignore the economic implosion, it would lead to the eruption of popular protests. And if they decide to contain it, they will have to reduce the budget for domestic suppression and the export of terrorism, rendering the totality of the regime defenseless and will pave the way for realization of people’s will.”

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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