Natural rights of labors must be respected: Leader

TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that the natural rights of the labor force, i.e. fair wages, regular pay, and job security, must be respected.

He made the remarks in a meeting held with laborers on Wednesday through video conference on the occasion of Iran’s national Workers Week.

In this video conference, managers and a number of exemplary laborers delivered reports on the status of production and about their achievements, issues and problems.

They also put forward solutions and proposals for solving existing problems and realizing the slogan of the year.

His Eminence met with laborers every year on the occasion of Laborers Week, but this year the meeting was held via videoconferencing in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

During the meeting, Leader said, "A key point is respecting workers’ rights. Fair and punctual payments and job security, which I’ve always stressed, are very important. Some of these gentlemen have mentioned that they haven’t fired any workers following the economic problems due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This is very good."

"Insurance, training, welfare and health services are workers’ rights and the responsibility of employers. Of course, if the needs of workers’ families including their children’s education are fulfilled, it will strengthen workers-employers relations, which is an auspicious thing," he added.

"Production can be compared to the body’s immune system. That is, if production is favorable and growing, invasive viruses like sanctions and oil prices cannot harm our economy," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Leader went to say, "Real cooperation between the labor force and employers can increase production and economic growth. The labor force should increase their skills and sense of responsibility; employers should increase the workers' share from the income of the business."

"Some of our worker friends had complaints about legislation that overlooked workers’ opinions. Such regulations should definitely be designed justly, and business owners should take this into consideration," he noted.

"Some people continuously say it’s impossible and we can’t, but we can. When we can launch a satellite into space and put a satellite into orbit when we have made significant progress in the defense industry then we can achieve a surge in production too," Leader said.

"The Iranian wisdom and thought that can build a satellite and set a goal of a 36,000 km orbit for the next satellite certainly enjoy the same spirit, innovation, and creativity needed to produce cars with consumption of 5 liters/100 km and for production in other sectors," he added.

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