Burst­ing Bub­bles

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

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.

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