Iran’s inflation rate rises amid protests over economic conditions
Iranian oil workers went on strike for a second day over wages and the government’s failure to rein in price growth as official data showed the country’s inflation rate jumped to 52.5% in June.
According to the Oil Contract Workers Protest Coordinating Council, workers at the Tehran oil refinery continued their protest against increased working hours and low wages, as drivers and workers of the West Oil and Gas Exploitation Company gathered at the company site in the western town of Dehloran, claiming they hadn’t been paid for months.
Workers, pensioners and other groups have protested economic conditions in recent weeks, accusing the government of driving up inflation and failing to deliver on promises to raise wages and improve conditions of life.
Iran’s Statistics Center brought more bad news for the average Iranian on June 28, announcing that annual price growth in June had increased by 13.2 percentage points to 52.5%.
According to the report, the price growth of “food, beverages and tobacco” increased by 32.2 percentage points to 81.6%, while that of “non-food goods and services” increased by 2 .8 percentage points to 36.8%.
Iranian pensioners and retired civil servants gathered in the southern city of Ahvaz on June 28 to demand the repeal of a government decision to raise the minimum wage by 10%.
Devastated by years of harsh economic sanctions imposed by Washington since the United States pulled out of a deal with world superpowers aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, many Iranians have launched protests in recent months to denounce the government’s inability to help their lives.
Most protests were met by security measures.