On November 6, 2019, several employees of the Lancaster Manufactory stopped working to strike. The movement was organized in the contestation of the social plan announced by the management. It has paralyzed production since yesterday morning.
Located in the district of Fontvieille, the Lancaster factory of Monaco manufactures cosmetic and hygiene care. Her clients include prestigious luxury brands such as Calvin Klein, Chloé and Rimmel. Founded in 1946, the company sees its story marked by the support of Princess Grace Kelly in the success of its products. For some time now, Coty’s owner Lancaster has been considering measures to maintain the competitiveness of the Monaco site. In October, the management confirmed its importance to the concerns of the unions. This did not prevent him from finally announcing an economic redundancy plan for 24 people.
Quite rare in the Monegasque landscape, the action of the demonstrators aims to denounce the social plan. For the shop steward and staff, Salvatore Sirangelo, the plant is still profitable. While production has slowed, fluctuations are not uncommon. They had never had an impact on staff before. He also explains that the management refused the requests for technical unemployment. The strike is, therefore, a way to oppose this restructuring and the dismissal of 10% of the workforce.
*Article originally published in the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.