Striking Champagne workers took to the streets in France in mid-march to demand a bigger share of wine producers’ profits in 2014. Champagne houses enjoyed a turnover of US$4.9 billion last year, an increase of about 2.2 per cent on 2013. “Champagne recorded record turnover in 2014; it’s only fair that employees profit, too,” says Patrick Leroy, regional secretary general of the French labour union, the CGT. French media reported that almost 80 per cent of the 3,900 unionised Champagne workers went on strike for the day. Most walked the main street of the Champagne town of Épernay to press their demands. Workers had been striking on and off for several weeks, and threatened to continue action if their demands for more pay and better conditions were not met.