More than 100 Roberto Cavalli employees at the fashion house’s headquarters in Florence, Italy have quit ahead of a planned move to Milan.
More than 50 staff will relocate, but over half of the 170 workers have decided to walk away from their jobs, with unions Femca Cisl and Filctem Cgil Firenze releasing a statement explaining why.
“The Florentine headquarters of the company will disappear, we are losing a huge professional and human patrimony, in addition to a resource for the territory,” a union representative said. “We remain worried about the industrial future of the brand – there are numerous suppliers in Tuscany – and the workers also appear to be concerned, since more than 100 have decided to quit rather than move to the Milan headquarters. The workers have fought as much as they could to convince the company to renounce closing the plant in Sesto Fiorentino, and we thank the local institutions that have been close to us.”
WWD reports that staff have agreed to a preliminary adhesion to a social plan. It will see them resign and be compensated with eight to 11 months of wages, depending on the length of their employment.
The move is expected to begin in September.
In April 2019, bosses closed all stores across North America as they embarked on a major restructure.
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli founded his eponymous label in 1970, and became known for his use of bold and bright animal prints.
Since 2015, Cavalli has owned only a small share of the company, with Dubai-based property developer Hussain Sajwani finalising a sale of the troubled brand in November, from Italian private equity fund Clessidra SGR.
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