Workers in Iran’s oil industry are continuing a strike over inadequate wage growth in several cities across the country, according to reports and videos sent to VOA.
Following the increase in the inflation rate in Iran and the large gap between household income and expenses, various unions and groups, including workers, teachers, and retirees, have started mass protests and strikes in recent weeks.
The striking workers in the oil industry have recently called for a 79% increase in the wages of contract workers in industrial and non-industrial factories.
The government of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has offered a 27% increase and pledged to curb inflation in 2023.
The striking workers have rejected this.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Labor News Agency, ILNA, announced a 40% increase in the prices of goods and services in the first month of this year.