ON STRIKE: Workers of the Roberto Cavalli factory in Sesto Fiorentino in the Tuscany region took their anger to the streets of Florence. More than 200 employees mobilized on Wednesday against the decision of investment fund Clessidra, which controls the brand, to open a mobility procedure for 66 employees.

The eight-hour strike began in the morning in Florence’s luxury shopping street Via Tornabuoni in front of the brand’s flagship store, with many protesters wearing Roberto Cavalli’s iconic animal print and lioness face masks. Employees were supported by RSU [Unitary Union Representative] and trade unions Filctem-CGIL, CISL and Femca Uiltec UIL.

“We ask the company for a strategic industrial and transparent regeneration, in order to understand what are the real intentions of the board,” said Bernardo Marasco of Filctem-CGIL Florence. “And since we are in the preliminary negotiations, given that the company has never benefited from social safety nets, we ask to activate this too as soon as possible,” he added.

The company declined to comment on the matter. As reported, Francesco Trapani, chairman of the Roberto Cavalli group and executive vice president of parent company Clessidra, pointed out in October that chief executive officer Renato Semerari would start restructuring and reorganizing the company, a step that would involve negotiations with unions and employees in light of a possible “downsizing” in Florence, likely to affect 70 or less workers.

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