Around 60 workers employed at the Lancaster Cosmetics Monaco went on a strike against proposed job cuts by the company. Employees of the Monegasque cosmetics brand have been mobilized since Monday and will be on strike until further notice for better conditions in the context of the announced layoffs.
The cosmetic producer announced the dismissal of 10% of its staff employed in Monaco, which is likely to affect around 24 workers. USM delegates have denounced this restructuring plan as the company has been profitable for several years.
The strikers have been demonstrating on the streets of Monaco, protesting against the conditions of the social plan being negotiated with the demand that the workers at risk of losing their jobs be reclassified into another position, rather than being fired.
The employees met for the first time on 4 November and first went on strike on 6 November. Since then, they allowed time for negotiation, but were allegedly unsatisfied with the proposed conditions. On Monday, they announced that they will not resume work until further notice. Negotiations for the Lancaster Employee Social Plan were expected to end on November 29th.
A plan had been proposed to the staff representatives in the beginning of November, wherein, the management, in a bid to slow down production, had proposed job cuts to restructure the company’s operations in Monaco.
Lancaster is owned by Coty Group, the world’s leading cosmetics manufacturer. The Lancaster factory produces cosmetic care for luxury brands such as Rimmel, Chloé, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. They are also in partnership with Kylie Jenner Cosmetics, owned by Kim Khardashian’s younger sister. Lancaster began its first laboratory in 1946 on Boulevard Princesse Grace in Monaco. They currently hold over 500 patents and are active in 54 countries.