December 20, 2014
Violent incidents in new Panamericana picket
The Lear labour conflict has led to a new protest with workers blocking the Panamericana highway for at least the third time this month. The picket turned violent as riot police sought to clear the road and prevent demonstrators from entering the US auto-parts company.
30 Lear employees have been reinstated over the past days. However, workers took to the streets again this morning saying “the conflict persists because 110 remain fired.”
The automotive sector has faced reduced domestic and external demand for its products, with a 35.5 percent drop in new car sales in April and at least 12,000 suspensions of workers at several car companies. Production also dropped 16 percent in the first quarter of the year.
To cope with the sector's pressing situation, the federal goverment recently reached key bilateral agreements with Brazil - Argentina's main regional trade partner -, with Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich explaining negotiations aimed at “strenghtening auto parts production levels, creating financing conditions and boosting demand in both domestic markets.”