Tehran bus union man arrested in new attack
25 June 2008
The ITF has expressed acute concern following the arrest yesterday of Gholamreza Gholamhosseini, another member of its Iranian bus affiliate.
Gholamhosseini, a member of the Vahed Syndicate Executive Board
was arrested by police in Tehran while visiting Shirodi Stadium, where an event to marking Iran's Women's Day was taking place. The gathering was sponsored by the municipality of Tehran and by the bus company, Sherkat Vahed.
Security personnel prevented Gholamhosseini from entering the stadium; police then apprehended him and took him to Gisha Police Station.
Today, June 25th, Judge Hassan Dehghan Dehnavi, who is also involved in the case of the union's General Secretary Mansour Osanloo, ordered Gholamhosseini's detention in Evin prison. Hassan Dehghan Dehnavi declared that Gholamhosseini, who is not charged with any crime, should be detained for an indefinite period whilst his case is investigated.
Gholamhosseini had been dismissed from the company for taking part in the strike action of January 2006. Although the court has ordered his reinstatement, the company is refusing to comply.
Commenting on the arrest, David Cockroft, ITF General Secretary said "We are appalled by this new assault on genuine unions by the Iranian authorities. On behalf of millions of ITF members worldwide, the ITF condemns this action and seeks the immediate release of Gholamhosseini."