Struggle in Iran's Streets Beyond Elections

07/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mehdi Kouhestaninejad: Iranian unions on the streets with youth, in protest against the current regime.

TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay talks to Mehdi Kouhestaninejad about the role of Iranian unions in the protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration. Kouhestaninejad is an Iranian trade unionist who has worked with the Canadian Labour Congress and the bus drivers in Iran.

Jay asks Kouhestaninejad for the perspective of the Iranian workers about the election, "What are the Iranian trade unions speaking about the election and the protests?"

"Iranian workers, the same as other Iranians, fought for this fundamental rights [of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly] that we don't have in Iran at this moment," Kouhestaninejad says of the current protests in Iran.