Workers’ protests at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Mill in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, continued for the fifth consecutive day November 9.

The workers say they haven’t been paid since August and are demanding answers about the future of the industrial complex, which was once a source of national pride but has been struggling financially since it was privatized in 2015.

Periodic strikes and workers’ demonstrations have become a fixture of life at the mill. Workers say they are often not paid their salaries for months at a time and their wages and benefits have been cut since privatization.

The state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported November 8 that the names of a number of the complex's shareholders and members of its board of directors are on an official list of individuals who have violated currency exchange regulations.

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