One hundred workers at the Phase 17 and 18 Southern Pars Oil and Gas projects stopped work on Wednesday October 29 to protest for the payment of four months worth of overdue wages.

ILNA reports that the workers have not been paid wages and benefits since July, and the protesters stopped work with prior warning to the employer to demand the immediate payment of their overdue wages.

The report indicates that the 100 protesters in fact represent 2,000 workers employed through 10 contracting companies to work on the same project.

Workers indicate that throughout the four-month delay in the payment of their wages, they have continued to labour on the project, even in the punishing heat of 60 degrees Celsius.

The report indicates that the workers’ wages range anywhere from 800 thousand toumans to six million toumans.