Leather workers from some of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers in France went on strike Wednesday to demand that the brand increase their wages.
According to an article on WWD, leather workers from some of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers in France went on strike Wednesday to demand that the brand increase their wages. Employees gathered in front of their production facilities between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM to make a statement. The protest comes just one day before the brand’s annual salary negotiations were to conclude.
Union sources told Agence France-Presse that the hour long protest, the first from the leather workers in 15 years, demands the brand honor a “worthy” wage increase. The workers have rejected the brand’s offer of a gross raise of €30, or $31.95, for every employee and individual increases of between €10 and €20, or $10.65 and $21.30, for 80% of the workers.
A spokesman for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton says that “less than 10% of the leather goods workers” participated in the protest and that only “three workshops out of twelve” participated.
French labor unions The Force Ouvrière and The Confédération française démocratique du travail, however, say that more than 30% of employees at factories in Issoudon and Condé (Indre) participated in the protest. The unions also said that more than 50% of employees in Asnières (Hauts-de-Seine) participated as well as between 25% and 50% of employees in Ardèche and Drome.
The LVMH spokesman also said “in addition to their 13 months of payment every year, employees had in March 2017, for the last business year, the equivalent in profit sharing of between four and five months in compensation.”
Louis Vuitton is the latest brand to be accused of not properly paying its employees. Last year, Hermès was being sued in a class action lawsuit for not fully paying commission to a few employees. Then, Chanel was accused of not properly paying overtime or minimum wage. Coach also had to pay $1.72 million to unerdpaid employees for not paying overtime.
No announcements have been made as to whether Louis Vuitton will increase their employees wages or not.
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