This Wednesday, Moët et Chandon employees were on strike and demonstrating in the town of Epernay. Their main demands were the payment of the “Prime Macron”. A spokeswoman for the LVMH champagne house said that discussions should take place.
Around 250 to 300 employees gathered in the main courtyard of the Moët et Chandon company to demonstrate and make their demands heard. Alexandre Rigaud, a CGT delegate, said that “95% of the production workers and 90% of the vineyard workers were on strike this Wednesday”.
“The management of Moët et Chandon and LVMH does not want to pay the “Prime Macron” this year and the employees do not understand that with the profits that are made at LVMH, the fortune of Mr. Arnault and the turnover at Moët et Chandon, the management does not want to pay it for a fair distribution of profits with the employees,” explained Alexandre Rigaud, adding that the employees had received the “Prime Macron” in 2019 and 2020 for an amount of 800 euros.
As a reminder, the “Prime Macron”, paid since 2019, was introduced with the aim of thanking employees for their investment. This bonus was used in particular to thank employees who had continued to work during the Covid-19 health crisis. The government did not plan to renew it for 2021. However, Prime Minister Jean Castex finally announced its renewal.
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