With the Islamic Republic government refusing to allow a May Day march, labour organizations observed the occasion at several indoor venues.

This year, International Workers Day fell on April 30 in Iran due to leap year changes in the Iranian calendar.

According to Iranian labour laws, the 11th day of the month of Ordibehesht is International Workers Day, which usually coincides with May 1 in the Gregorian calendar, but this year it fell on April 30.

ILNA reports that the application for a permit to hold a march on Worker’s Day was denied by the government, even though the application was submitted by the government organization House of Workers.

Workers held gatherings in the capital and various other Iranian cities, and top concerns included low wages and the lack of job security.

Iranian labour groups report that the government has refused to help workers hold May Day events for more than five years.