The management of the Douglas Italia perfumery chain has communicated to the trade unions the start of an immediate reorganization plan of the store network and has already announced the closure of the 17 stores by 31 March 2021 in Lombardy, Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio , Emilia Romagna, Sicily and Sardinia. This was communicated by the unions Filcams Cgil, Fisascat Cisl and Uiltucs who proclaimed the state of unrest of the workers and requested an urgent meeting for 8 February, confirmed by the company management, distrusting the implementation of unilateral actions and transfers that actually conceal real layoffs.
The fault of Covid
Douglas motivated the decision with the huge losses in turnover and profitability recorded due to the effects of the pandemic from Covid-19 explain the trade unions and the need to safeguard the liquidity of the Group. The reorganization will involve the entire network of stores in Europe and the impact of the plan in Italy, the company management announced, will be significant due to the number of closures, still to be defined, carried out within 12-24 months. (HANDLE).
The unions: there was no confrontation
The trade unions have stigmatized the failure to activate a preventive confrontation, a situation that resulted in an act of objective damage to normal and positive union relations and recall that at the beginning of 2019 Douglas Italia had already announced the closure of 35 stores in Italy, partly due to effect of non-renewed leases, partly due to negative profitability. Precisely on the occasion of the last extension of the solidarity contract – add the unions – an agreement was signed in which the employment problems were declared to be overcome also following the acquisition process of the Limoni and La Gardenia brands, with the maintenance of the existing perimeter. The hope – the unions conclude – is to identify shared solutions as an alternative to a reorganization process that puts hundreds of jobs at risk and which could result in heavy social repercussions during the economic situation that is already strongly affected by the effects of the crisis pandemic in progress.