MESSAGE FROM THE CGT FOR THE TRIBUTE TO YADOLLHAH
For many years, we worked hand in hand with Yadullah and that is why we wish to pay him
tribute today. Yadullah inspired respect through his simplicity and his conviction, for which he suffered repression, jail under the regimes of both the Shah and the Islamic republic, and finally exile.
He was involved in all battles to voice out and defend an independent and active trade union
movement. Still recently, he was active within the international alliance to foster closer relations and joint work with several trade union organisations, including the CGT.
It is a great loss for all those who we had the honour to know this outstanding activist.
We want to assure his family, his friends and his comrades that, for the CGT, Yadullah will
remain an example and a symbol of the struggle for trade union freedom in Iran.
The most fitting tribute to his memory will undoubtedly be to continue – as he would have
wanted – his battle.
Yadullah, you are, and will remain, in our memories as a prominent figure of the international
trade union movement.
For the CGT of France
Paris, 9 February 2010
On the passing of our beloved comrade Yadullah Khosroshahi
Most regretfully, today, Thursday February 4, 2010 comrade Yadullah Khosroshahi passed away. Yadullah had a brain stroke on 2nd of February. While hospitalized his condition began to deteriorate. After conducting tests on him, specialists told his family members and friends attending to his bedside that he had a second stroke. Comrade Yadullah passed away this morning at 5:00 am in London, UK.
Yadullah Khosroshahi was one of the most renowned Iranian labour activists and leaders, a toiler of Iranian labour movement who spent many years incarcerated in jails of both Monarchy and Islamic Republic. He was an elected representative of Oil Workers; a former Secretary of Syndicate of Tehran Refinery Workers and former representative of All-Iran Council of Oil Workers. After suppression of workers’ councils and workers’ autonomous organizations by Islamic Republic, and spending years incarcerated, he was forced to leave Iran. He remained an indefatigable advocate of Iranian labour movement to his last breath. Yadullah was an enormously active colleague and representative of the IASWI since its formation more than 10 years ago. He was a tireless worker and labour activist who never stopped fighting for the self-emancipation of the working class.
Yadullah’s loving memory will always be with us; he will be greatly missed by all friends, family members, labour activists and all of those whose lives were touched by him.
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) – February 4, 2010