Internal restructuring
Nord Ovest; Piemonte; Torino
Location of affected unit(s)
Settimo Torinese
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Wearing Apparel
14.13 - Manufacture of other outerwear

98 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 April 2017
Employment effect (start)
3 July 2017
Foreseen end date
21 June 2018


Giorgio Armani Operations, a subsidiary of Italian luxury fashion house Giorgio Armani, is to lay off 110 employees (out of a total of 184) at its plant in Settimo Torinese (close to Turin), a manufacturing facility specialized in outerwear.

The site has been facing a period of crisis (see also ArmaniIT-2009), which compelled the company to introduce so called 'solidarity contracts' (contratti di solidarieta') with reduced working hours and salary cuts in the last two years. Reportedly, the announced job cuts are part of the company's new brand strategy. The reorganisation is expected to be effective as of Spring 2018.

Dismissals would affect mainly female textile workers. According to media sources, the staff is mostly aged around 50, which hampers the use of early retirement schemes as well as outplacement of redundant workers.

Unions announced a strike and opposed the decision, accusing the company to continue the delocalisation of activities to Bulgaria and Turkey in spite of its ‘Made in Italy’ reputation.

Update, 03/08/2017: The management and unions reached an agreement on a maximum number of 98 exits to be implemented according to a ‘social plan’. The plan entails voluntary incentivised dismissals, early retirements, trainings aimed at employing redundant workers in other branches of the company or within the group as well as outplacement measures.

The company will also activate temporary layoff schemes for a period of 12 months.


  • 19 April 2017: Torino Oggi
  • 20 April 2017: La Repubblica
  • 22 April 2017: La Stampa
  • 26 April 2017: Avvenire


Eurofound (2017), Giorgio Armani Operations, Internal restructuring in Italy, factsheet number 91520, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91520.