Iranian labour activist taken to hospital

Esmail Abdi was transferred from prison to a Tehran hospital late last week due to his deteriorating conditions. Esmail has been on a hunger strike since the 30 April in protest against his treatment in jail and his arrest. Esmail is a leading member of the Teachers’ Trade Association of Tehran who, during 2015, staged a series of industrial actions across Iran to demand better conditions and wages. Unfortunately, the Iranian Government has met such protests with repression with many activists currently in jail. There is an urgent international campaign calling for the release of Esmail Abdi.