Concluding observation Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
E/C.12/IRN/CO/2 para 14
Full recommendation:
The Committee recommends that the State party ensure that the national minimum wage is set at
a level sufficient to provide all workers and their families with a decent standard of living, and
strengthen its efforts towards the progressive increase of the minimum wage in accordance with
article 7 (a) (ii) of the Covenant. The Committee also recommends that the State party take steps
to ensure that Afghan workers are not paid a wage below the level of the minimum wage.
Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1
A. The Committee recommends that the Islamic Republic of Iran ensure that the
national minimum wage is set at a level sufficient to provide all workers and their
families with a decent standard of living, and strengthen its efforts towards the
progressive increase of the minimum wage in accordance with article 7 (a) (ii) of the
Covenant

Article 41 of the Iran Labor Code of 1990 mandates Iran’s Supreme Labor Council to determine
the minimum wage taking into consideration inflation numbers every year. Whether the rate set
by the Supreme Labor Council is reasonable or not difficult to ascertain as a recent increase in
minimum wage has been offset by a severe economic downturn, catalyzed by crippling
international sanctions against Iran. 2
In March 2021, the Supreme Labor Council announced an increase in the minimum wage of
Iranians of 39% to the equivalent of approximately 110 USD per month.3 This increase led to
workers anger as the dollar value of the new minimum wage represented an effectively lower
figure to the minimum wage of 2020, reducing purchasing power due to the inflation plaguing
the Iranian economy and the devaluation of the country’s currency.4

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ESCR.7.1.1.S.2
ESCR.7.1.P.2
ESCR.7.1.O.2
ESCR.7.1.1.S.1 ESCR.7.1.P.1
ESCR.7.1.O.3
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https://uprdoc.ohchr.org/uprweb/downloadfile.aspx?filename=7052&file=EnglishTranslation
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https://shenasname.ir/laws/kar/7402-mozd1400
tabnak.ir/004MiJ

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