Founded by marquise Ginori in Sesto Fiorentino,Florence area,in 1735, famous all over the world for its fine porcelains, the Richard Ginori manufacture (the name derived from the acquisition by Società Ceramiche Richard dated 1896) is one step away from the end of its history.
Despite the world appreciation of the brand and the excellent sales level, especially abroad, year of mismanagement have resulted in a debt of tens of millions of euros. The 7th of January 2013, when the consortium of companies consisting in the two societies Lenox and Apulum had to be admitted to an arrangement to buy out the firm, ending the stop of porcelain production dated 1st of August 2012, the Florence court decided for the bankruptcy of Richard-Ginori.
So the 314 employees, currently in layoffs, see their fate still pending until the month of March, when will be a new invitation to compete for the brand.
Meanwhile, organized under various trade unions, they try both to bring the attention to the situation of the company and to defend their rights.
On January 15th, to evaluate an old order from the Japanese section of the company, the manufacture was granted the temporary operation. About thirty employees were recalled from layoff and the occupation of the factory, started on January the 7th by the independent trade union COBAS, was quit by the decision of the workers of the union, who preferred to continue their action by a control at the factory entrance.
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