The Chairman of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce said Iran’s inflation rate is among the top ten countries with the highest inflation growth rate.
According to the state-run ISNA News Agency, Qolamhossein Shafei, the Chairman of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, said Iran is in the top ten countries with the highest inflation growth rate among Venezuela, Sudan, Zimbabwe, and others.
“Iran’s Chamber of Commerce Research Center reports also confirmed the reduction of calorie consumption in Iran. From 2017 onwards, over 50% of Iranians consume less than the required 2,100 daily calories,” Shafei said.
Shafei also said poverty has had effects on the urban population, causing an increase in migration from rural areas to metropolitan areas. He added that this will increase city service expenses and cause management difficulties.
On October 4, the state-run Jamaran News website wrote that new statistics on Iran’s poverty show the number of poor people in Iran has doubled in the past decade, and another 4 million Iranians are now living under the international poverty line ($5.5/day).
The state-run ILNA wrote on October 5 that economic problems including a rise in living costs have led to a decline in the purchasing power of Iranians. In an interview with ILNA, a citizen in Zanjan, northwestern Iran, said they have taken to scavenging trash bins to cover their living costs.
“I have two sons; one is 18 and the other is younger. My pensions don’t cover living costs. I gather at least 100,000 tomans (about $3.5) from the city trash, ” said the local from Zanjan.
Another local from Zanjan who works as a trash scavenger said his father suffers from diabetes and his mother cleans other people’s homes.
Protest gatherings due to poverty
In the past months, Iranian teachers, workers, pensioners, among other sectors gathered to protest their unpaid wages.
Iranian current and retired teachers protested in at 57 cities in September. Public school teachers make around 3 million tomans, $100, which puts them under Iran’s 10 million toman line of poverty.
Three Iranian teachers committed suicide due to poverty in the past two months.
As teachers around the globe celebrate #WorldTeachersDay2021, Iranian teachers struggle to make ends meet.
Their salaries put them under the line of poverty. Despite suppression & the prosecution of teachers, they have continued to protest and demand higher wages. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/6fBSytzrOw
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) October 5, 2021
3 Iranian teachers, Hassan Chenari, Gholam-Abbas Yahyapour and Amin Kianpour, committed suicide in the past 2 months from poverty.
Teachers have been rallying for years to no avail for higher, fair wages. Their 3mln toman wages puts them under the 10mln toman poverty line. pic.twitter.com/nkE7W0P3Ng
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) September 28, 2021
This is Qolam Abbas Yahyapour, a math teacher in Fars Province, SW #Iran who hanged himself out of poverty.
The Iranian regime has brought nothing but poverty, death and destruction to Iran in the past 42 years. https://t.co/FjvNUAH2mf pic.twitter.com/zVhVGOtjdZ
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) September 17, 2021
On September 22, a 39-year-old worker’s wife self-immolated since her husband had not received wages for five months in Dehdasht, western Iran. Mohammad Javad Erfani’s wife self-immolated, and he also sustained 30% burns while trying to extinguish the fire. Mohammad is the father of three children. His monthly wages are 5.8 million tomans (about $209), which is less than the absolute poverty line in Iran.
On September 16, the Chairman of the Working Group of Iran’s Supreme Labor Council Wage Committee said the worker’s monthly wages are only enough for 10 days if paid.
A large billboard in an #Iranian city tells teachers, employees and pensioners that they can buy sausages and bologna in "installments".
With rising prices & low pay, Iranians can barely make ends meet. Chicken & eggs have become a luxury and sausages are bought in installments. pic.twitter.com/KKPGM1uOB4
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) October 7, 2021
Chairman of the Working Group of #Iran's Supreme Labor Council Wage Committee: Workers' monthly wages are only enough for 10 days.
(If they even get their wages on time.)
After 42 years of absolute rule by power-hungry clerics, most Iranians live in poverty. pic.twitter.com/qV0OcXvwmz
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) September 16, 2021
Even with wages, Iran's workers live in poverty. pic.twitter.com/Hu9kSksE24
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) August 31, 2021
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) October 7, 2021
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