Chanel Korea workers threaten strike action over unpaid wages and sexual harassment in the workplace

Chanel Korea workers threaten strike action over unpaid wages and sexual harassment in the workplace

THE WHAT? Chanel Korea workers have threatened strike action over unpaid wages and the company’s lagging efforts to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a report by the Korea Herald. 

THE DETAILS Workers within Chanel cosmetic stores have stated they will walk out on their jobs for an indefinite period from 17 December should the company fail to comply with their demands. 

The members are part of the Korea Confederation of Trade Unions, which is representing 390 store workers at 85 boutiques. 

Kim So-hyeon, head of the union, said, “Our demands are clear. Chanel Korea shall pay holiday allowances, which have been overdue for the past two years, to shop workers. It should guarantee paid holidays, share operating profits with its workers and facilitate a working environment safe from sexual harassment.”

THE WHY? Holding a press conference outside the Chanel office in Jung-gu, central Seoul, the union stated that the company had not been paying employees for working holidays, nor working to eradicate sexual harassment issues. 

Chanel stated it was, ‘thoroughly investigating the case.’

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