The social and economic situation in Iran is progressively deteriorating, with an immediate impact on people’s living conditions. Unemployment is on the rise, inflation is at unprecedented levels and most people have to combine several jobs because the minimum wage is insufficient to counterbalance inflation. Iran’s population is experiencing an increasing income gap between rich and poor. Against this worrying backdrop, workers have no right to organise freely. Widespread violations of rights are particularly flagrant, in law and in practice, against women in the field of labour, as well as on grounds of religion, ethnicity and political opinion.