|Rouhani pledges to improve workers' conditions, job security||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has promised to improve labor conditions for workers, particularly by increasing job security.
In an address to a large crowd of Iranian workers in Tehran to commemorate International Labor Day on Thursday, Rouahni also vowed to deal with gender discrimination in work environments.
Rouhani said that the government was prioritizing “job security (as a foundation for) creating jobs and that he does not tolerate gender discrimination in the job market.”
He also promised better health insurance for workers and promoted the formation of labor NGOs.
Rouhani also proclaimed that his administration “is determined to break the lock of sanctions.”
He blamed irregular importation of consumer goods for fueling unemployment among the Iranian youth.
On Tuesday, Rouhani said his government will spend revenues it gains from implementing the second phase of the subsidy reform plan to improve the public health and transport services.
In an interview with state TV, Rouhani said the administration will also channel the revenues into domestic production sectors and environmental protection programs.
On April 20, Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri said the unemployment rate in Iran has reached a critical level.
He criticized the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for paying huge amounts of loans to small businesses, saying that the former administration’s hasty decisions led to 800 trillion rials (about $32 bilion) in bad loans.
The Statistical Center of Iran has announced that the average unemployment rate for the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014, hit 10.4 percent.
In November 2013, Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia said over 8.5 million new jobs should be created in the country over the next two years.
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