Despite repression from the Iranian government, teachers in that country continue to protest for labour rights, education funding and democracy.

In April there was a large demonstration over pensions. The main slogan of the protest drew attention to the fact that teachers' pensions only amount to a third of what is necessary to be on the poverty line.

Meanwhile, last week women teachers and other school workers protested and sat in in front of the parliament building in Tehran, demanding proper contracts and the payment of overdue wages. And in Hamedan in Western Iran, teachers protested against the incarceration of many of their number. Last week yet another teacher was arrested, Hossein Azargashb, as he protested for labour rights - while other people detained on the protest were released, he was transferred to Evin Prison.

These are just the latest struggles by teachers in Iran and their imprisoned colleagues and leaders. The harsh treatment meted out to them in particular is typical of the way in which governments treat teachers and their unions, rightly seeing them as a potential or actual threat, since they are embedded in communities and can lead fights for democracy and social justice both through their work and with parents. Continuing to protest under conditions of such repression requires an exceptional bravery and commitment.