Labor activist, Haleh Safarzadeh (f) told ILNA (state-run news agency) that many working women including carpet weavers and those who work in family businesses are not insured.
“In reality, many working women face problems when getting insured”, she said.
“Carpet weavers, those working in workshops with under ten employees, women working in family businesses or unofficial businesses are all deprived of insurance,” she added.
“Moreover many employers hide the workers when an inspector pays a visit but women laborers have no choice other than to comply with these conditions because they need a job.”
“Even when employers do insure the laborer they later fire her with the pretext of ‘irresponsibility’ or they fire the laborer shortly after providing the insurance.”
“A law has recently been passed for early retirement for women. If you observe this law you will see that the pension for a 50 to 60 year-old woman who has worked for years without being insured is about 400 to 500 thousands rials (about $13 to $17) per month. How can she live on that?”
(ILNA state-run News Agency- March 1, 2014)