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Minimum wage increases for workers set in Iran

Minimum wage increases for workers set in Iran

The Supreme National Labor Council has finally determined how much the minimum wage should increase for both state and private employees after a long period of squabbling involving the Iranian government, labor advocates, lawmakers and employers. Workers, whose purchasing power has dwindled in the face of a surge in inflation and who have been staging numerous strikes and protests over overdue salaries and other demands, are finding the pay increases to be unimpressive.

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Protests are growing in Iran

Protests are growing in Iran

A reformist Iranian political analyst believes: “Tensions are likely to reoccur due to economic problems created by sanctions, but the only way out of the existing crisis and bridging the gap between the people and the government is to accept that the problem exists and make some reforms from inside the system.”

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Possibility of new protests in Iran still exists

Possibility of new protests in Iran still exists

A Professor of Economics in Tehran believes: “If the government continues to pursue its misguided policies, add to that the economic pressures of the sanctions, and a possibility of new protests erupting in Iran in 2019 still exists.”

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Iranians are not after regime change

Iranians are not after regime change

A professor of sociology at Tehran University believes: “With increased levels of knowledge in society, Iranians understand the present situation under sanctions and will not protest as a reaction to the economic pressures; but they will show a conditional behavior against the political system.

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2017-like unrests will not lead to Iran regime change

2017-like unrests will not lead to Iran regime change

A conservative politician and activist in Iran believes: “The IR of Iran has shown that it will air its grievances through legal channels. Therefore, open protest channels will not lead to regime change, even under economic pressures and severe sanctions.”

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Protests continue in Iran in various forms

Protests continue in Iran in various forms

A Tehran-based professor of economics believes: “The protests of December-January 2017 were the result of the government’s wrong policies over the past three, leading to economic inequality, corruption and a limited job market. The protests are still ongoing in the form of increased emigration, addiction, divorce and frustration.”

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