Groundbreaking nationwide strike by truck drivers in Iran entered its third day
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, thousands of truck drivers continued to refuse loading and transferring cargo and goods, as the protest movement by truck drivers swept more than 90 cities in 25 provinces throughout Iran on its third day of groundbreaking nationwide strike by truck drivers.
Iranian truck drivers began a nationwide strike on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in more than 70 cities across Iran, protesting low wages; high taxes; lack of job security; mismanagement of their facilities; worsening living conditions; and deteriorating sources of revenue along with rising costs of maintenance.
The previous day, Truck drivers, and especially fuel truck drivers, also refused to load cargo and freight and parked their trucks in parking lots and along the roads and highways, showing their protest against the mismanagement of Iran’s authorities.
The strike by the fuel truckers led to fuel shortages in gas stations in the Fars province, triggering a rush to the fuel stations and long lines for fuel rationing.
A number of these cities that joined and participated in the nationwide strike on Thursday, May 24th, include:
Mahabad, Bukan, Urmia and Salmas in West Azerbaijan Province; Tabriz and Marand in East Azerbaijan Province; Kangavar in Kermanshah Province; Dehgolan and Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province; Isfahan Shahreza, Mobarakeh, Zarrin Shahr, Lenjan, Mohammad Abad Ghahabad and Noguran, Najaf Abad, Kashan, Varzaneh and Naeen in Isfahan Province; Ivan in Ilam Province; Mashhad, Sabzevar, Torbat-e Jam, Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Fariman, Gonabad, Kariz Taybad, Neyshabur and Bojestan in Khorasan Razavi Province; Bojnurd, Jajarm, Garmeh and Shirvan in North Khorasan Province; Birjand in South Khorasan; Shahr-e Kord and Sefeed Dasht Borujen in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province; Baghmolk, Dezful, Abadan, Behbahan and Andimeshk in Khuzestan Province; Zanjan in Zanjan Province; Khash and Zabol in Sistan & Baluchistan Province; Shahroud in Semnan Province; Shiraz, Abadeh, Arsanjan, Marvdasht, Kavar, Jahrom, Sa’adat Shahr, Zarrin Dasht, Fasa and Bikdel in Fars Province; Qazvin and Zia Abad in Qazvin Province; Zarand, Bam, Rafsanjan, Sirjan, Kerman and Shahr-e Babak in Kerman Province; Gonbad Kavus in Golestan Province; Bandar Anzali in Gilan Province; Sari and Nowshahr in Mazandaran Province; Arak and Saveh in Markazi Province; Bandar Langeh and Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province; Hamedan in Hamedan Province; Ardokan and Mohammad Abad in Yazd Province, and Bushehr in Bushehr Province.
In an attempt to separate the drivers’ protesting ranks, the Iranian officials have been attempting to increase the drivers’ wages in some cities. However, the drivers neglected this attempt by the authorities and are refusing to budge on their demands.
The aftermath of the strike has already resulted in major fuel shortages in gas stations throughout Iran. Most gas stations are closed and very few gas stations which are open were scenes of long ques and traffic of vehicles seeking to purchase their last minute gas as fuel is becoming literally extinct in these areas.
Following the groundbreaking nationwide strike by truck drivers in many cities across Iran, people and other drivers have been supporting and encouraging the truck drivers to continue their protest. In several cases truck drivers have urged and called on drivers to not break the strike and join them in their call to reach their demands. They prevented some heavyweight and fuel truck drivers to stop their vehicles and park or empty their loads in order to create unison strike among the drivers.
Truck drivers’ strike across Iran in pictures:
Abadeh (Fars Province) truck drivers ask for support from colleagues on third day of strike in Iran
Alborz Province truck drivers join on third day of strike in Iran
Andimeshk (Khuzestan Province) truck drivers ask for support from colleagues on third day of strike in Iran
Arak truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Azadshahr (Golestan Province) truck drivers enter second day on third day of strike in Iran
Bandar Abbas (Hormozgan Province) truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Bandar Ganaveh (Bushehr Province) truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Bandar Torkaman (Golestan Province) truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Faradonbeh, Borujen (Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province) truck drivers join on third day of strike in Iran
Chardavol (Ilam Province) truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Darab (Fars Province) truck drivers urge drivers breaking strike to join on third day of strike in Iran
Esfeshad (South Khorasan Province) truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Gachsaran (Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province) traffic and long ques at gas stations, people hurrying to collect lacking fuel due to truck drivers strike on third day of strike in Iran
Hamadan (Hamadan Province) cement carrying truck drivers join on third day of strike in Iran
Isfahan truck drivers in various cities on third day of strike in Iran
Kangavar (Kermanshah Province) truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Kermanshah Province truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran
Dorud (Khorramabad) truck drivers in second day on third day of strike in Iran
Bajestan (Razavi Khorasan Province) truck drivers empty loads of trucks breaking strike on third day of strike in Iran
Malayer (Hamadan Province) truck drivers on third day of strike in Iran