Gucci workers mount historic strike in protest against relocation of design studio

Scores of Gucci employees have mounted a historic strike in protest against plans to relocate a huge part of its design studio team from Rome to Milan.

Around 50 workers at the luxury fashion empire who have walked out in Italy have branded the move as “mass redundancy in disguise”, with their action the first downing of tools by creative professionals in the fashion giant’s 102-year history.

Protesters outside the Rome offices have been holding up banners with the message: “Gucci cuts but doesn’t sew” – and “At Gucci, redundancy is fashionable.”

Federica Ricci, regional secretary at the Filctem-Cgil union in the Lazio region, told The Guardian: “For us, this is a collective dismissal because not everyone has been offered the conditions to allow for a transfer, so many people will lose their jobs.”

Owned by the French-based luxury goods group Kering, it was announced in October Gucci would be moving 153 of its 219 design employees from the Italian capital to Milan, 380 miles away in Lombardy.