His words are crystal clear: “Nobody is keen to lay off”, says the chief owner of Tod’s group. “We are looking for solutions, as we have done nothing so far. If we are going to do it, an extremely small number of employees will be affected by that”. Yet, however, they have to face the overall economic situation: “China proves to be a surprise. It cannot offset all the other markets though”. Diego Della Valle (in the Imagoeconomica picture) illustrated the scenario at Otto e Mezzo, a tv format on La7 network, from his headquarters in Casette d’Ete (in the province of Fermo).
China is the only handhold
Such are the adjectives picked by Della Valle to depict the current situation: ruinous, catastrophic, chaotic, confused, extremely alarming. “Economy is at the end of its tether. It is going through a considerable distress. As regards fashion, all markets, except Asia, are pretty much at a standstill – points out the entrepreneur, who has been deeply hit by the pandemic –. China, most of all, proves to be a happy surprise: it cannot offset all the other markets though. At present, all entrepreneurs are striving hard to rescue people and businesses. They focus their efforts on finding immediate solutions and planning steps to take in the years to come. There will be a future for sure”.
Nobody is keen to lay off
While debating with Lilli Gruber and Marco Travaglio, they spotlighted the layoff issue then. “Nobody is keen to lay off. Personally, I know several entrepreneurs who cannot sleep at night if they consider the option to make redundant some of their employees – says the president of Tod’s group –. We no more play the bad employer game”. Della Valle does not agree on layoff stop: “While facing such a tragic situation, we had better safeguard people who have a job and are working”. When to? “Till we successfully pinpoint a tool which will enable the Government to help unemployed people”.
Talking about his own group, Della Valle remarks: “We set a plan 3 to 4 months ago, yet we keep postponing it. We are striving to find some solutions in order to support workers if they were eventually dismissed. We have done nothing so far: if we are going to do it, an extremely small number of employees will be affected by that. Yet we do not want to condemn other businesses making employees redundant: the important thing is to safeguard workers”.