3rd July 2021 - Graduate teachers held a rally in front of the education ministry, protesting the unemployment conditions. The teachers were chanting, “We have science degrees, what we don't have are jobs,” “Our demand is employment,” and “We will not leave until we get our rights.”
These teachers have been regularly protesting in the past few months. The protesters are graduate teachers, known as karnam-e sabz (green report cardholders), who have passed the education ministry’s employment exam with an acceptable grade.
They have higher education degrees and have responded to the government’s call to fill in the empty positions for teachers in different institutions. They are protesting the exam and interview process, which has been to the detriment of the applicants and has left them without jobs.
- In Khuzestan province, a group of environmental activists held a protest rally in front of the Electricity and Energy Organization and demanded the restoration of the “water rights” of Hurolazim marsh. Hurolazim is the biggest marsh in Iran. Due to government mismanagement, the marsh is drying up, which can have a devastating effect on the ecosystem of the region. It is an important factor in the lives of the thousands of villagers who live nearby. At the same time, farmers in Hamidiyeh, Khuzestan province, held a demonstration in front of the offices of the Water Organization. The farmers are protesting their lack of access to irrigation water, causing their lands to dry and their livestock to die.
- A group of 160 workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane company held a rally, protesting authorities’ refusal to renew their contracts. These workers have been asking the company’s authorities to change their contract status from seasonal to permanent to have job security.