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    Strikers lock out management at troubled textile mill

    TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - Workers at a troubled textile mill in northern Iran locked out the firm's director and other managers after roughing them up on Monday, strikers told AFP.

    Some 2,500 staff are on strike at the mill in Qaem Shahar (formerly known as Shahi), in the Caspian Sea province of Mazandaran.

    The strike was called on Sunday to protest against nonpayment of wages and alleged mismanagement of the mill.

    Iran's textile industry has been hard hit by the sharp economic downturn sparked by the slump in world oil prices.

    Mills in Mazandaran province, which are among the oldest in Iran dating back to before the 1979 revolution, have been hardest hit and many face bankruptcy and closure.

    Industrial unrest is not uncommon in Iran but is rarely reported in the state- run media.

    Iranian labour law does not recognize a specific right to strike, but it does allow for staff to retain their jobs after downing tools in a dispute.


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