Photo by Juan Andres Gallardo PETITION in solidarity with Lear Argentinian workers We condemn the dismissals, lay-offs and attacks on Lear delegates! At the end of May, the multinational Lear Corporation laid off 330 workers from its Pacheco plant in B …

Photo by Juan Andres Gallardo
Photo by Juan Andres Gallardo
  • PETITION in solidarity with Lear Argentinian workers
  • We condemn the dismissals, lay-offs and attacks on Lear delegates!

At the end of May, the multinational Lear Corporation laid off 330 workers from its Pacheco plant in Buenos Aires Province for an indefinite period, without even initiating the bankruptcy proceedings as required by law.

The workers refused to accept the situation and organized assemblies and road blockades. As a result, the Minister of Labour issued a ruling confirming that the suspensions were illegal.

However, in spite of this, the company deepened its attack, suspending 200 of the 330 without pay for 30 days. A few days later, 100 of the 200 were fired without severance pay, leaving them without the means to care for their families or meet their basic needs. This represents an attack on their and their families’ fundamental human rights.

Lear Corporation is an American company with over 122,000 employees at 226 locations in 36 countries. The only buyer of the electrical cable bundles that Lear produces at its Pacheco plant is Ford Argentina, whose production has remained at the same level over the last year. However, Ford is now importing a proportion of the cables it normally buys from Lear from Central America and Europe. Meanwhile, the plant in Pacheco is seeing firings and lay-offs. The actions of Lear and Ford are particularly unprincipled because the Argentine government is giving subsidies to the car industry and has just launched a plan called Pro.Cre.Auto to stimulate car sales, which of course will benefit both companies.

Lear is refusing to pay the salaries of 200 workers and claims that it is in financial crisis when in 2013 alone its total global sales were $16.2 billion.

The shop stewards’ committee has been banned from entering the Pacheco plant, leaving the workers without trade union representation and infringing their fundamental labour rights.

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We, the undersigned, condemn the actions of Lear Corporation, a monopoly with a turnover of billions of dollars that has condemned 200 workers and their families to impoverishment.

We demand that it obey national labour legislation and international treaties on human rights, and revoke the suspensions and lay-offs so that all the workers can return to work.

 


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