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12.07.2014 After Gestamp, it is Lear’s turn, another subcontracted company in the automobile industry, to fight. The economic crisis is worsening in Argentina and the automobile industry is one of the hardest hit. Thus, the largest automobile manufacturers have imposed technical unemployment upon their workers. Subcontractors have not only adopted this same policy, but have gone above and beyond by essentially laying off the most combative workers and “class struggle” shop stewards. All of this has been put in place with the complicity of the SMATA union bureaucracy , close to Cristina Kirchner’s government and one of the most corrupt and historically violent union bureaucracies, which denounced dozens of activists to the military during the last dictatorship. On Tuesday, July 8, several social and political organizations called for a day of solidarity with Lear workers. The Socialist Workers’ Party played a fundamental role in the organization of this mobilization, which was a great success. Despite this success and the sympathy among workers with regard to this conflict, Lear workers have not yet been able to break the reactionary front made up of the government, the union bureaucracy and the imperialist corporation. The heavy repression against protesters is the very proof of this. However, this repression has had a heavy political cost for the “left-wing” of the government, which describes itself as a government of “human rights”. Just as we are writing this, we can cite dozens of wounded and arrested protesters.